And They Say They Need More Money

As this recent story in Michigan Education Report shows, school districts in Michigan are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for the escalating costs of teacher health insurance.

According to Education Policy Director Mike Van Beek, the average health insurance policy for Michigan teachers costs about $15,800, of which teachers on average contribute 4.2 percent toward the premiums. The average Michigan family, on the other hand, pays about $2,500, or 22 percent, toward a policy that costs $11,300. More information on individual school districts can be found in the Michigan School District Health Insurance Database.

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Van Beek further addresses this issue with Op-Eds in The Oakland Press and the Dearborn Times-Herald, as well as an interview with WSJM onf St. Joseph-Benton Harbor.