PRESS RELEASE: Government finance turnaround expert joins School Finance Research Collaborative Advisory Committee

Jessica Thomas, who is aiding Royal Oak Charter Township’s financial recovery, has been recognized as one of Oakland County’s “40 Under 40”

LANSING, Mich. — Jessica Thomas, a local government turnaround expert who is currently Consent Agreement Consultant for Royal Oak Charter Township, has joined the School Finance Research Collaborative Advisory Committee. In this role, Thomas will share her financial expertise with the Collaborative, a broad-based group of business and education experts who agree it’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded.

“It’s high time we reexamine our approach to how Michigan’s schools are funded to prepare all students for college and the 21st century workforce,” said Thomas, also vice president of the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education and one of Oakland County’s“40 Under 40.” “I am honored and thrilled to lend my knowledge and expertise to the Collaborative Advisory Committee as we reexamine our approach to funding Michigan’s schools so all students can achieve and succeed.”

In January of 2016, Thomas was appointed to the Lincoln Park Receivership Transition Advisory Board after Gov. Rick Snyder announced the Lincoln Park financial emergency had been resolved.

The School Finance Research Collaborative is a broad-based group of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, business leaders and education experts from Metro Detroit to the U.P., who agree it’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded.

The Collaborative is planning to produce a school adequacy study using multiple methodologies that will provide policymakers with the best, most complete and most accurate information on what it truly costs to educate our students.

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