What does it take to properly fund schools?

ALPENA — There are a lot of barriers that can prevent students from being succssful in education, former state Rep. Matt Gillard of Alpena recently told The News, and state funding for schools should help students overcome those barriers.

The School Finance Research Collaborative released a 300-page report in January demonstrating the need for reform of Michigan’s school funding system, which showed that the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan is $9,590 and that does not include transportation, food service, or capital costs, researchers said.

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