Despite relentless poor-mouthing by individual school districts in news articles, letters to residents and testimony before legislative committees, per-pupil public school spending set a new record in 2010.
Total public school revenue in
Below are tables of both the 10 highest- and lowest-spending districts in per-pupil terms (not including charter public schools or districts with fewer than 500 pupils):
Interestingly, the lowest-spending charter school was Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County. This alternative online education program spent only $4,723 per pupil. The innovative academy was featured in a study just published by the
These figures are reported by the Michigan Department of Education as part of the annual National Public Education Finance Survey.