Letter: Research must precede school reforms

Michigan public school educators, students and parents have navigated a maze of confusing, sometimes contradictory school reforms in recent years.

I applaud Detroit News columnist Ingrid Jacques for clearly making this argument in her May 11 column, “Stop the school reform merry-go-round.”

The key missing ingredient in this critical discussion is comprehensive, reliable and accurate data that tell us what it truly costs to educate all public school students. Financial data and experience acknowledges children with different needs many times require additional funding.

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