Michael Van Beek's testimony before the Michigan House Education Committee, Feb. 16, 2011
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Michael Van Beek gave a national perspective on school funding in Michigan, pointing out that Michigan has some of the highest education spending when taking into account the state wealth — in other words, the ability of state taxpayers to support that spending.
Despite having the nation's highest teacher average salaries when controlling for state per-capita person income, Michigan students score relatively low on national standardized tests, even after controlling for socio-economic status.
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