Michigan's public school funding continues to draw attention.

Michael Van Beek, director of education policy, wrote in the Dec. 18 Dearborn Times-Herald that despite relatively small per-pupil funding cuts this year, Proposal A has increased school funding about 33 percent. Van Beek argues that controlling costs, not receiving more revenues, will help schools deal best with budget issues.

Tom Watkins, former state superintendent of public instruction, agrees. He cites the Center in a Dec. 20 Oakland Press Op-Ed as one group offering suggestions for the governor and Legislature to change the way public schools spend the billions of tax dollars they receive each year.

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Some believe school district consolidation will reduce costs, but as Van Beek points out in this Dec. 20 Oakland Press Op-Ed, Center research has found that is not true.


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