PRESS RELEASE: SFRC congratulates Dr. Michael Rice as Michigan’s new Superintendent of Schools

LANSING, Mich. — The School Finance Research Collaborative today congratulated Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice for being named Michigan Superintendent of Schools. As a Collaborative member, Rice has helped provide the roadmap for a new, fairer school funding approach that serves all students.

“Dr. Rice has played an important role in the Collaborative’s efforts to fix Michigan’s broken school funding approach and make it fair for all students, and we congratulate him on his new role as the head of our public schools,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Collaborative Project Director. “With Dr. Rice at the helm, Michigan is taking a giant step forward in meeting the unique, individual needs of all students, regardless of zip code, income, learning challenges or other circumstances.”

Dr. Randy Liepa, Wayne RESA superintendent and a Collaborative member, was also a finalist for the position.

The Michigan Board of Education on Tuesday selected Rice to serve as Superintendent of Schools, replacing the late Brian Whiston as the state’s chief public schools official. Rice has led Kalamazoo Public Schools since 2007, overseeing enrollment growth, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates in his district.

The Collaborative is a diverse group of 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 has provided Michigan’s first comprehensive school adequacy study that determined the true cost of educating a child and making the way we fund our 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, students living in poverty, preschool, geographic isolation, district size, cost of living differences and student transportation.

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