Benefits, Not Salaries, Key to School Costs

A recent Macomb Daily editorial agrees with the point made a month ago by a Mackinac Center scholar regarding proposed legislation to cap teacher and superintendent salaries.

Mike Van Beek, director of education policy, wrote in March that benefits, not salaries, is where public school spending is most out of line compared to the private sector. Other areas where public schools could reduce overspending, Van Beek noted, include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

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