A groups of business leaders and educators are launching an effort to reexamine how Michigan’s schools are funded, saying the current system is “broken” and change is needed to ensure students are “prepared for jobs and success.” The School Finance Research Collaborative announced Tuesday that it will fund a school adequacy study that will create a new framework for funding K-12 education in the state.
Public schools throughout Michigan receive their funding the same way. “Basically foundation allowance in a public school is so much per student,” Rob Fowler, the CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan said. A group of school leaders and business experts is saying that method might be outdated. That’s why they’re teaming up to create the school finance research collaborative. They want to look at what works and what doesn’t.
Top Michigan business and education experts will launch an effort to reexamine K-12 funding to fully prepare all students for jobs and success at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Southfield.
Business and education experts today launched a new effort to study school funding in Michigan to determine how much money schools need to prepare all students for success. The effort — announced by the new School Finance Research Collaborative — will build on a report released last summer that concluded Michigan’s system of funding schools is becoming increasingly unequal and the state needs to spend more to educate students who are low-income or speak little or no English.
A group of education and business leaders plans to study Michigan’s approach to funding K-12 schools. The initiative was announced Tuesday by the School Finance Research Collaborative and has the support of the Oakland Schools superintendent, the Small Business Association of Michigan and former state House Speaker Rick Johnson.
Citing a need to find talent, Southfield-based contractor Barton Malow Co. is joining a group of education and business leaders planning to study Michigan’s approach to funding K-12 schools. The initiative was announced Tuesday by the School Finance Research Collaborative and has the support of the Oakland Schools superintendent, the Small Business Association of Michigan and former state House Speaker Rick Johnson. The 18-member group includes leaders of traditional K-12 and intermediate school districts, university professors and business groups from across Michigan.
School districts in Michigan don’t have a lot of say on their finances, according to a new study from Michigan State University. Major areas cited in the research are declining enrollment, higher shares of special education students and drops in state funding — which, the study notes, policy makers control. These have made the difficulties in Michigan’s low-income urban districts like Detroit even worse, according to David Arsen, professor of education policy in the MSU College of Education.