Michigan’s school funding approach needs a facelift

As president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research for 25 years, I witnessed a growing gap between the demands of the modern workforce and the skills of students graduating from Michigan’s K-12 public education system.

This gap is bad for our kids, bad for business and bad for Michigan.

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Michigan schools need a fairer funding model for all students

As Superintendent of Wayne RESA, I read with great interest a recent Bridge guest commentary by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

While there has been dueling commentary over the past several years about whether funding for Michigan schools has increased or decreased, school officials doing the actual work in local districts know clearly what has happened over the past many years.

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There are some undeniable facts when it comes to Michigan’s broken, outdated school funding method and the need for a new, fairer approach that helps prepare all students for the modern workforce.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