PRESS RELEASE: SFRC calls on governor, lawmakers to work together to fix broken school funding method

LANSING, Mich. —  The School Finance Research Collaborative today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature to work together to fix Michigan’s broken school funding method to make it fair for all students.

“Now is the time for Gov. Whitmer and the Legislature to come together and fix Michigan’s obsolete school funding approach to meet the unique, individual learning needs of all students, regardless of income, zip code, learning challenges or other circumstances,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, School Finance Research Collaborative Project Director. “Michigan’s students continue falling behind, and the governor and lawmakers must adopt a new, fairer school funding plan that helps all kids succeed.”

In 2018, the School Finance Research Collaborative completed Michigan’s first comprehensive school adequacy study that determined the true cost of educating all students to make the way we fund schools more fair. The final Collaborative report provides a base cost for student achievement in Michigan, with additional funding considerations for special education, English Language Learners, Career and Technical Education programs and students living in poverty. The Collaborative is a diverse, bipartisan group of business leaders and education experts, from Metro Detroit to the U.P., who agree it’s time to fix Michigan’s broken school funding approach.

Gov. Whitmer’s 2020 budget proposal supports the School Finance Research Collaborative’s research, including a weighted formula for special education, low-income and at-risk children, and Career and Technical Education programs. The governor’s budget proposal is a significant step forward in helping all kids succeed.


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