Letter to the Editor: Time to fix school funding method

As a Detroit-area businessman, I read with great interest the Crain’s letter to the editor, “Money hasn’t solved educational woes” (Crain’s, March 2).

There are some undeniable facts when it comes to Michigan’s broken, outdated school funding method and the need for a new, fairer approach that helps prepare all students for the modern workforce.

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Groups Speak Out in Support of Gov. Whitmer’s Education Budget

LANSING, Mich. — The School Finance Research Collaborative applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for calling for a new school funding approach that will help meet the unique needs of all Michigan students.

“We applaud Gov. Whitmer for calling for a new, fairer school funding approach that will help meet the needs of all Michigan students,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, School Finance Research Collaborative Project Director. “We look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer on a new funding method that provides all students the same opportunity to get a high-quality education and compete for jobs.”

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Chippewa Valley school board resolves to support school finance study

The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education has expanded its high school class offerings, in addition to lending its support in the form of a resolution to a school finance study.

The board on March 4 first unanimously approved a recommended motion for a resolution in support of the School Finance Research Collaborative Study. The motion was made by President Beth Pyden and seconded by Vice President Denise Aquino.

“The board of education of Chippewa Valley Schools supports the findings of the School Finance Research Collaborative Study and encourages the legislature and governor to adopt a new, fairer school funding model,” Superintendent Ron Roberts said of the resolution.

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New school funding approach needed to prepare students for jobs

As chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, I recognize a high-quality public school education is essential to preparing our kids for the fiercely competitive modern workforce, whether on a construction site or in any business large or small across Michigan. Now is the time to chart a new path that ensures all students, regardless of their circumstances, have the same shot at receiving a cutting-edge education that provides them with in-demand skills for good-paying jobs.

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Education funding in Michigan falls short for these students

In Michigan, students learning English as a second language are not receiving the English instruction, counseling services, social work services or supplemental programming needed for them to meet the state’s rigorous academic standards.

I see it every day as a consultant in Oakland Schools who works with school districts to develop English Learning Language programs that best serve their students.

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It’s easy to criticize public schools, but without proper funding, there’s only so much they can do

Since the early 1990′s Michigan public schools and educators have been criticized for poor student achievement scores and a plethora of other social ills. But without adequate funding, schools are limited in what they can accomplish.

The recent study completed by Michigan State University, titled “Michigan School Finance at the Crossroads: A Quarter Century of State Control,” concludes that our public schools are not adequately funded.

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MSU report endorses findings of School Finance Research Collaborative study

LANSING, Mich. — A new Michigan State University report endorses the findings of the School Finance Research Collaborative ’s study that determined the true cost of educating all students to make the way we fund schools more fair. MSU College of Education professor David Arsen supports the Collaborative’s work in his new report, Michigan School Finance at the Crossroads: A Quarter Century of State Control .

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Collaborative Effort to Develop New School Funding Approaches

LANSING, Mich. — The School Finance Research Collaborative is looking forward to working with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the new Legislature on a new, fairer school funding approach that addresses the unique, individual learning needs of all Michigan public school students, the school funding group announced today.

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Letter: Fairer school funding approach needed

I read with great interest the recent Crain’s story about Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe’s assessment of Michigan’s public schools (“Education overhead doesn’t add up, Consumers Energy CEO says,” Nov. 18). Improving Michigan’s schools will require the input of business leaders like Poppe, educators, community stakeholders and the public at large.

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