The First in a Video Series Debunking School Funding Myths

The Foundation Allowance Myth

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It takes nearly 400 pages of 10-point font text to direct Michigan’s complex school funding system. This labyrinth of laws is fertile ground for the growth of myths.

Sometimes the foundation allowance is discussed like it’s it a check the state mails to each district for every student roaming their halls.

It’s not that simple.

The foundation allowance is part of a complex funding formula that uses a mixture of local and state resources to guarantee a minimum amount of money for each district and minimize fiscal disparities.

Also, districts get much more than just the foundation allowance. While this one source provides about $7,100 to most districts, total per-pupil revenues hover around $13,000 when you factor in all local and federal contributions to schools.

Read more about this and other school funding myths.