In response to COVID, federal and state policymakers showered Michigan’s K-12 public schools with unprecedented levels of funding. This influx of new tax money only strengthens the case for sending additional education dollars directly to families of school-age children.
The $500 million annual pool of tax credits proposed to fund Student Opportunity Scholarships represents less than 1% of the entire budget appropriated by Lansing lawmakers.
Nearly 30 states, including all of Michigan’s neighbors, have adopted education choice policies for at least some students. Throughout the nation, more and more states are creating or expanding programs that fund students, not systems.
Michigan lawmakers need to act now so that our students can get back on track. The state’s K-12 academic results were frustratingly low even before the pandemic. COVID disruptions only exacerbated poor performance, leaving many parents feeling hopeless and powerless. The Student Opportunity Scholarships solution would offer Michigan families the same level of access and affordability that parents in many other states already enjoy, while ensuring that our students get the education they need for success in life.