Why Won't It Die? Media Keeps Pushing School Funding Cuts Myth

The myth that Gov. Rick Snyder has cut state funding to public schools has more lives than Michael Myers.

The Dearborn Press and Guide has repeated a myth still perpetuated by many in the media when it wrote that state funding has been cut to public schools.

A story about Glenn Maleyko, the new superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, stated: Fewer people are going into teaching, which is understandable, he said. The pay scale is lower than what many professionals earn with a bachelor’s degree, and it takes longer these days for teachers to climb to the top of the pay scale, a change forced on districts by stagnant or reduced state funding.

ForTheRecord says: Despite numerous erroneous media reports over the past few years, state funding has not gone down in Michigan. It has increased in each of Gov. Rick Snyder’s five K-12 budgets.

In the case of Dearborn, total state funding has increased from $7,012 per pupil in 2010-11 (former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s last budget) to $7,497 per pupil in 2014-15.