It is high time for Michigan to hit the refresh button on how it funds its public schools so all students, regardless of their zip code, household income, learning challenges or other circumstances are fully prepared for the competitive 21st century workforce.
As vice president of the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education, I help oversee the highest end of Michigan’s school funding spectrum at $11,984 per student. The lowest-funded districts receive $7,511 per student.
So why, when my district has nothing to gain by a new school funding approach, am I concerned? The answer is simple: All of our kids, Michigan’s comeback and its long-term economic prosperity all depend on providing a high-quality public school education for all students.