Labor Voices: School funding a wake-up call

March 21, 2018

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

How much does it cost to provide a student with an adequate education?

The short answer: much more than we are currently spending. A report released last month should be a wake-up call for policymakers to fix Michigan’s education funding system. The study by a diverse group of business leaders and education experts pegged the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan at $9,590, an increase of 16 to 26 percent over current funding levels of $7,600 to $8,300 per pupil.