School Funding, State Budget Explained

The School Aid Fund, the mechanism through which millions of taxpayer dollars flow to public schools, is perpetually in trouble according to some. The SAF makes up a large portion of Michigan's overall budget, which also is in a constant state of "deficit," according to some. Mackinac Center scholars take a deeper look at these issues.

Why so many problems with school funding? Michael Van Beek, director of education policy, outlines the situation in this Oakland Press Op-Ed. He also gives some insight into the issue with other recent commentaries, and has put together an extensive collection of resources that examines the issue from a variety of angles.

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Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, discusses the state budget in this Oakland Press Op-Ed. He's also written a follow-up, which can be found here.