Center was recognized again for producing some of the finest online videos
anywhere, this time for “The Foundation Allowance Myth,” part of a series
debunking common myths about school funding in Michigan. The short won a gold
and a silver from the Communicator Awards, along with a bronze Telly Award.
These school funding
videos break down complex problems and policies (like the funding of Michigan’s
$20 billion public school system) into bite-sized and entertaining shorts.
Daniel Montgomery, marketing and design director, animated the films, winning
the silver Communicator for use of graphics in the video.
The Center has produced
four videos to supplement a study on school funding myths. The videos have been
viewed nearly 4,000 times and are based on Education Policy Director Michael
Van Beek’s recent study, “School Funding in Michigan: Common Myths.”
In this study, Van Beek
identifies and debunks seven myths about school funding. He addresses different
aspects of school finances, including some of the most popular talking points
coming from school employee union officials. The study shows that no matter which
way you slice the data, Michigan schools are well-funded compared to schools in
award-winning video and others like it are bound to get more attention as they
give taxpayers and policymakers a quick and easy way to better understand
important policy issues.
Read about the school
funding myths and watch the videos at www.mackinac.org/12610.