“We’re at the crossroads of trying to maintain a government and school system that we’ve grown accustomed to as a relatively rich state,” Education Policy Director Mike Van Beek told The News. “And now we’re a relatively poor state.”
A new law that requires public school districts to post more spending information online enables what Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive calls “Comparative analysis.”
The posting requirements include teacher contracts, a breakdown ofexpenditures, costs for health insurance and a list of employees making more than $100,000 annually, all of which Mackinac Center analysts have been tracking for years.
“Knowledge is power,” LaFaive said. “That’s why we’ve advocated transparency for so long.”