Local superintendents share thoughts on major MSU school finance study

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.

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