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.
The study by the School Finance Research Collaborative recommends additional funding above the base level for special education, English Language Learners, students living in poverty, and Career and Technical Education.
Some of the state’s largest foundations, including W.K. Kellogg, Charles Stewart Mott and the Skillman Foundation, paid for the study urging policymakers to step up and meet this challenge. Both the nonprofit and business sectors in Michigan understand the huge stakes involved in the success of our public schools.