Michael Van Beek, director of education policy, was a guest on “The Tony Conley Show” on WILS AM1320 this morning discussing school funding.

Van Beek recently analyzed claims by a Michigan State University professor that school funding fell almost 25 percent between 2002 and 2011 and found that to be incorrect. Van Beek found that the professor excluded billions of dollars in tax revenue that go to intermediate school districts and funding from the federal government and local school millages. Overall school funding, when adjusted for inflation, increased 22 percent between 1995 and 2011, according to Van Beek’s research.


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