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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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to propose $507 million for classroom spending

The School Finance Research Collaborative has done research on costs per student, including food services, transportations, etc. Matt Gillard is the CEO of Michigan’s Children and a member of the collaborative and says Gov. Whitmer’s plan is a step in the right direction but we have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be.

“It costs more to educate a special education student and poor families, economically disadvantages students need more attention and Michigan’s finance, education finance structure has done a bad job of recognizing that, and we’ve fallen behind other states,” said Gillard.

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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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What does it take to properly fund schools?

ALPENA — There are a lot of barriers that can prevent students from being succssful in education, former state Rep. Matt Gillard of Alpena recently told The News, and state funding for schools should help students overcome those barriers.

The School Finance Research Collaborative released a 300-page report in January demonstrating the need for reform of Michigan’s school funding system, which showed that the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan is $9,590 and that does not include transportation, food service, or capital costs, researchers said.

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Letter: Schools need better funding system

As President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, I see every day how a high-quality K-12 education is essential to providing students with the skills needed to compete for jobs in our state and for Michigan’s small businesses to compete in a global economy.

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