MEA President's Math in Detroit News Questioned

District says Cook's claim "cannot be substantiated"

MEA President Steve Cook in The Detroit News Wednesday repeated the myth that school funding is down $1 billion since 2011. He used the Wayne-Westland schools in suburban Detroit as an example, claiming the district’s funding is down about $40 million since 2011.

When contacted by Michigan Capitol Confidential, a spokesperson for the district said Cook’s claims “cannot be substantiated,” and in fact funding for Wayne-Westland is up $12 million since 2011.

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This is not the first time Cook has made inaccurate statements in his monthly “Labor Voices” column in The News.

In December, several instances of plagiarism were found in AFL-CIO President Karla Swift’s “Labor Voices” column.


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