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Nolan Chappell

High school co-op

Nolan Chappell is a high school co-op with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is a senior at Dow High School in Midland, MI.

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Dan Crane

University of Michigan Law School

… University of Michigan Law School. Prof. Crane graduated from … University of Chicago Law School. He previously taught at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, …

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Prof. Harry Hutchison

George Mason University School of Law

… at George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches employment … Wayne State University Law School, the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, the University of San Diego …

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Bradley A. Smith

Capital University Law School

… Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught Election … and his J.D., cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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Detroit Schools’ Big Spending Trend Rides COVID Money Spike, Likely Requires Enrollment Spike To Sustain

Superintendent’s bet on more and higher-paid staff in the balance

… ent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Nikolai Vitti has campaigned to spend more on staff and teachers. … succeeded, with operations spending up 32% over a three-year … leadership in 2017. Detroit schools employed 2,680 teachers during … $401.8 million in June 2021. Spending on activities labeled “support …

Mackinac Center Announces Policy Priorities for 2022

Grow Michigan’s business climate, expand educational choice

… continued economic growth and unprecedented federal spending. To ensure fiscal stability and economic competitiveness … lawmakers should resist the creation of ongoing spending obligations from state funds and instead return … Opportunity Scholarship program for K-12 education Keep schools accountable by enhancing curriculum transparency …

Billions In Federal COVID Bucks And Detroit Schools Can’t Provide Some Pencils?

The story that teachers pay out-of-pocket for supplies even less plausible than usual

… classroom supplies in public schools. But this does not prevent … teaching profession and other school interests from repeating complaints … worked in an inner-city Detroit school, had 36 children in her class … constitution mandates that school districts, not school employees, … on its website what it was spending at businesses that sell school …

Parents Request School District’s ‘Critical Race’ Records, Get Bill For $409,000

Kent County district says it has 4,400 pounds worth of documents

… with Forest Hills Public Schools, seeking certain documents … and several related terms. School district officials responded … spokesman for Forest Hills Public Schools, said the district has turned … entire Forest Hills Public Schools HR department worked on this … $18.62 per hour the district spends to keep this person on the …

Big US Teacher Union Decline Since Supreme Court Ended Government Employee Union Dues Mandates

National Education Association and its Michigan affiliate are losing members

… that has union membership data up to the 2020-21 school year. The MEA’s membership includes teachers, … and pay an additional $189 per year. The MEA’s spending has decreased by $19 million, which means it … has lost $40 million in revenue and decreased spending by $33 million since 2013.

Make Sure Michigan Residents Benefit from State’s Cash Haul

They’re the ones paying for it

… recommendation to avoid a rush to spend. The principles we recommended then … point, and a little more in annual spending can ensure that roads get better … year. They should be careful about spending the available cash on other infrastructure, … in return. All the people managing schools, local governments, hospitals and …

Mackinac in the Media

… slow-walk freedom-of-information requests.” As more school districts announced that they would start the 2020-21 school year virtually, some families wanted to use other … necessary by new legislation in Lansing that would spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Rather …

How The Pandemic Exposed The Need For School Choice

… desperate students out of failing schools by dismantling a constitutional … challenges associated with COVID schooling. The pandemic disrupted school routines, caused many students … disrespected their values. One school year marred by disruptions … state-funded flexible education spending accounts for families of …

Don’t Look Back, Ohio

… parent-directed education spending accounts. But a citizen petition … students. Those attending public schools could apply for funds to pay … things like tutoring, after-school activities, educational therapies … to attend either a private school or a public school that charges for out-of-district …

Gov. Whitmer’s Veto Denies Students Opportunity

Education bills would have given families greater access to education options

… supports giving parents flexible spending options to support their … kids first. When our public schools refused to open their doors, … Families should have options in schooling so that our children have … never held hostage by local school officials again!” The Mackinac … funds to pay for private schooling. The Bagos family is one …

Washington Post 'Parents Have No Rights' Op-Ed Author Got Michigan School Stories Wrong Too

'Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids school curriculum. They don’t.'

… should be taught in public schools has a history of erroneous … right to shape their kids school curriculum. They don’t.” … blame Michigan Republicans for school budget cuts. Berkshire said … voter blacklash against GOP spending cuts to school spending and the growth of school …

Detroit Schools Rolling In Dough

One of nation’s worst urban school districts gets 88% imore to spend than four years ago

The Detroit Public Schools Community District has 88% more to spend this year compared to four … windfall, however, Detroit school spending was among the highest … state. The Detroit public school district had $1.28 billion … of 50,875. By the 2020-21 school year, this was down to 49,001. …

Don’t Look Back, Ohio

New Michigan legislation could close education opportunity gap

… parent-directed education spending accounts available to more … students. Those attending public schools could apply for funds to pay … things like tutoring, after-school activities, educational therapies … to attend either a private school or a public school that charges for out-of-district …

DeWitt Schools Imposes Extreme Facemask Mandate On Young Children

‘Pull mask down, take a bite, pull mask up, repeat’

DeWitt Public Schools sent a letter to parents signed by principals of K-5 schools, advising how their children … instructed to eat snacks at school while wearing a face mask. … mask breaks throughout the school day. This one mitigation strategy … required of unmasked children who spend 15 minutes or more during a …

Michigan’s Budget Was Strong Throughout the Pandemic

… expected a 12% loss in the state’s General and School Aid funds for the first year of the pandemic and … better than expected. Lawmakers trimmed state spending from $34.4 billion to $33.0 billion, a 3.8% decrease, … thing; lawmakers should make it a priority not to spend every dollar that comes in. It saves money for …

Invest in Children or the K-12 System?

Voters should know how much schools already spend

… report that the state’s public schools need more money to succeed. … how much the state’s public schools already take in, not to mention … the amount of dollars schools spend, and a significant number … soliciting opinions on how much schools spend, but it did ask where voters … Michigan ranked in per-pupil spending compared with other states. …

Michigan Law Denies Educational Choices to Families

Families are fighting back with a federal lawsuit

… motivation to learn. Reopened school buildings helped improve their … relationships. But students and schools still face choppy waters, … friends. And when their local schools let them down, they sacrificed … religious or other private school. Interestingly, the immediately … them even more flexibility to spend education dollars to help their …

Eight Years Later, Teachers Union President Still Complains About Pay Cut; He Makes $83,705

It’s a poor community where teachers do OK, and a little better in return for extra chores

… union for the Carman-Ainsworth school district in Genesee County, … cut, or Carman-Ainsworth Schools would’ve gone under at that … context. Burger’s claim that the school district had been on the verge … 2013, the Carman-Ainsworth school district had been undergoing … have caused the reserve fund spending, and in a district without …

Michigan’s Budget Was Strong Throughout the Pandemic

Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes

… losses to the state’s General and School Aid funds for the first year of the … expected. Lawmakers trimmed state spending from $34.4 billion to $33.0 billion, … lawmakers should make it a priority not to spend every dollar that comes in. It saves … cash. They’ve already boosted the school budget and have plenty of other cash …

School Officials Should Look to Improve Student Outcomes with Extra Stimulus Cash

The best education reforms can have noticeable effects on student achievement

… around, Michigan’s largest school district is doubling down on old spending patterns. Its approach figures … achievement. The Detroit Public Schools Community District brought … the prospect of more school spending appears to be one of the … relationship between school spending and student achievement. …

Why All Politicians Love Job Training Programs

Plenty of programs and institutions already exist

… and the federal government spends billions on this each year … universities, community colleges, school districts and intermediate school districts. Michigan has a … over $700 million in annual spending. That doesn’t include all the taxpayer support for schools and community colleges that …

Michigan Budget Continues to Grow Through Pandemic

… course, lawmakers don’t have to spend every dollar of revenue and … year — would let lawmakers spend around $900 million more. Lawmakers … already going to increase spending by more than the inflation rate through the school aid budget they passed this … the extra federal stimulus spending. It’s unlikely that state …

Honor Parents by Funding Students

… COVID-19 policies and how to spend the bulk of federal COVID-19 relief funds. While school districts have yet to spend most of their large sums, many … officials urge everyone in school to wear masks, they have stopped … they did last academic year. School district leaders have been …

Special Education Funding Serves Districts—Not Students

Funds are padlocked away by a few local school administrators

… funding in Michigan favors school districts over disabled students. … enjoy the benefit of our Schools of Choice law because most … padlocked away by a few local school administrators. These local … housed within intermediate school districts, which were created … hoard cash by refusing to spend local millage dollars on disabled …

School Mask Agony: Two Public Education Systems, Two Policies, One Shared Building

It’s happening in Midland and illustrates parents' challenges

As Michigan public schools wrestle with classroom face mask … challenges. Some students spend time in a building where two … classes: the regular public school district and the educational … held in a regular Midland school district high school building, and it does not …

Michigan Budget Continues to Grow Through Pandemic

State lawmakers can afford to lighten the tax burden

… grow. Lawmakers are going to spend roughly $1 billion more in … state budget growth. Lawmakers spend $9.1 billion more in money … course, lawmakers don’t have to spend every dollar of revenue and … year — would let lawmakers spend around $900 million more. Lawmakers … than inflation through the school aid budget they passed this …

Don’t Forget The Other Taxpayer Dollars Detroit Schools Collect: Debt Relief

Two legal entities, one created by a state bailout to repay old debt, the other to operate classrooms

… and advocates for higher spending by Michigan’s public schools have been saying school districts that serve cities … communities. But if money from all school revenue sources is included in the total, the public school district serving the city …

Honor Parents, Fund Students

Well-funded education system struggles with COVID decisions

… COVID-19 policies and how to spend the bulk of federal COVID-19 relief funds. While school districts have yet to spend most of these large sums, many … officials urge everyone in school to wear masks, they have stopped … they did last academic year. School district leaders are trapped …

Using Atypical Households to Represent All Households

… comparison to estimate the spending needs for a very specific, … young children not yet of school age face significantly higher … consider a family of four with school-age children enrolled in public schools. While this household is similar … that this household needs to spend more than $1,100 per month …

The Internet is Too Important for Government to Run

… months, if you couldn’t get online, it meant severe limits on your kids in school, going to work, buying supplies, ordering food or even visiting a medical … broadband business. A new bill, said to be supported by the governor, would spend $400 million in federal funds, designate public entities as internet service …

Michigan’s School Aid Budget Soars Again

Eyes now on districts charged with spending record sums

… came to fruition: Michigan’s school aid budget not only reached … dollars to Michigan public schools. In adopting House Bill 4411 … both approved the 2021-22 school aid budget and set aside the … than a third of this year’s school revenue comes from Washington. … the state treasury, K-12 spending is slated to increase by …

School Funding Looks Unequal If Major Revenue Sources Not Counted

And one of those sources helped solve major school spending disparities

… passing a $17.13 billion K-12 school budget this week, many news … closes a funding gap across school districts. The term “funding … on the fact that different school districts have received different … one of several ways public schools get revenue. This omission … source of numerous claims that school districts in poor Michigan …

Michigan Schools Never Had More To Spend; MSU Prof Calls State Dead Last In Funding

Carefully selected date ranges paint a false picture

… to make a case why public schools needed more money, most recently … collects and delivers for public schools each year. He is instead measuring … But in 2021 Michigan public schools are getting record levels … review of Michigan public school revenues from that time forward … K-12 schools are getting and spending additional $1.8 billion in …

Center-Left Interest Group's Whopper On Michigan Teacher Retirement Benefits

Most private sector workers only dream of such security

… center-left group that promotes spending more on public schools claimed in recent report that Michigan’s public school teachers get “poor or no retirement … belief that Michigan public schools have a hard time retaining … retirement offerings.” Public school teachers in Michigan receive …

State Lawmakers Need to Get Better Outcomes With Newfound Federal Cash

It’s less obvious than it should be in the political process

… under constant pressure to spend more, and they often falsely … state government alone, with schools and local governments waiting … at least $2 billion more to spend than last year, an 8.2% increase. … They also should be able to spend restricted federal money to … There is going to be more school funding, as usual. That’s …

These Parents And Children Looking For Alternatives After Virtual Instruction Failed Them

Schools’ poor pandemic performance has changed their relationship with parents and the public

… corrected. Ann Arbor Public Schools has said it will be open for in-school instruction for the 2021-22 school year. Dexter Public Schools is a schools-of-choice district … her kids, with the eldest spending a few weeks on a waiting …

Governor Overshoots Demand for State-Funded Pre-K

How many more families want into the Great Start program?

… dramatic hike in preschool spending. But the budget request far … Gretchen Whitmer proposed spending an extra $405 million over … estimate. It’s not clear how spending hundreds of millions more … federal funds has put more spending options on the table. Still, … how much more tax money to spend on pre-K sidesteps a more fundamental …

“It was an idea whose time had come in West Virginia”

Garrett Ballengee of the Cardinal Institute on the Nation’s Largest School Choice Program

… some students in religious schools, elitist enclaves, and a handful … assigned public district schools based on where they lived. … students in nearby public school systems, millions of students attend charter schools, and many states even offer … wanted from that kind of spending. So Ballengee and his colleagues …

Michigan Democrats Propose Mass Spending for Government-Run Broadband Networks

That’s not the best way to encourage internet connections

… networks are near the top of the wish list for many cities, counties and schools. There is certainly a need for better high-speed internet in parts of the … lesson that should have been learned after that federal 2009 stimulus spending bill was that public entities are not set up to compete with the private …

A Lawyer You Can Love

Mackinac Center’s vice president for legal affairs, Patrick Wright, protects freedom by suing the government

… seven places before I got to high school and settled in Traverse City,” Wright … University, where he graduated from the law school with honors. After a clerkship with … Wright enjoys playing sports and spending time with his family. His wife, Bobbi, … and his sons are students in high school.

Workers for Opportunity Initiative Scores Win in Indiana

… government unions to obtain direct consent from Indiana school employees before dues can be deducted from their … be forced to associate or fund the political spending of a group, business or individual. Thanks to … workers to make their own decisions about how to spend their money, rather than having those decisions …

The Old ‘Teachers Out-Of-Pocket For School Supplies’ Canard Resurfaces

Constitution, law, courts all affirm: Taxpayers cover these costs, not teachers or parents

Several Detroit public school teachers recently asked parents … donate money to help pay for school supplies in lieu of teacher … law, however, is clear that school districts must supply teachers … supplies. The Detroit Public Schools Community District begins … federal COVID-19 stimulus spending. In a 2011 memo, the Michigan …

School District’s Use Of Sign-Waving Children To Electioneer For Tax Hike Probably Not Illegal

District silent so far on whether teachers and students were taken out of class for this

… Oceana County’s Shelby Public Schools, urged on by dozens of sign-waving … to build a new elementary school, add safety features and make … district’s two elementary schools and address parking lot congestion. … page — Yes For Shelby Public Schools — were photos of young children … millage increase because “we’re spending so much on education already …

Cost Of School Pension Underfunding In 2021: 42% Of Teacher Payroll Expense

Politicians overpromised, managers filled gap with rosy scenarios, taxpayers on the hook

The growth of Michigan’s school employee pension fund has fallen … price is now being paid by school districts that must spend millions more than anticipated … Services forecast in 2012 that school districts would have to contribute … overestimated the growth of the school workforce and and school payrolls. …

Institutionalized Obfuscation By School Spending Advocates

Ignoring 29% of Detroit school funding lets this official claim institutional racism

… superintendent at the Detroit Public Schools Community District, was paid … people advocating for higher spending on public schools: The current funding pattern … further by claiming the state's school funding system is an example … the state has decided which school districts will receive additional …

Daylight Savings Time, Smoke Detectors, Child Abuse Registry and More

This week's MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

… votes that are currently held in August would instead take place in June. School elections that are currently held on the discontinued May date would mostly … "Cherry Commission" that is authorized to impose levies on growers and spend the money for marketing-related purposes. News reports indicated some cherry …

Teacher Turnover Might Be Less If Schools Complied With Mentoring and Training Requirements

Audit finds districts can’t show they offered the skills-boosting help they’re supposed to provide

Media accounts and public school interests have claimed for … teacher shortage, even though schools appear to get many applications … openings. Now advocates for spending more on schools say there is a teacher turnover … professional development in public schools. Specifically, many public …

Michigan May Finally See Some Fairness in the Way it Funds Colleges

House committee passes equal, per-student funding model

… with the current arbitrary spending method. Instead, it would … amounts of money for different schools, ranging from $3,100 per student … foundation allowance works for K-12 school districts. The current system … the state’s most well-known schools — U-M, MSU and Wayne State … funding. But that punishes schools that do relatively well in …

Overall Funding Impact

… combine to provide Michigan schools with substantial revenues … All told, Michigan public school revenues increase by up to … additional dollars will boost K-12 spending for each of the current and … relief bills, Flint Community Schools will receive nearly twice … districts, including charter schools, in terms of the total combined …

Breaking Down the CARES Act

… relief to the nation’s public schools. Federal policymakers gave broad flexibility to school districts on how the relief … of that, Michigan public schools received four streams of supplementary … follows: Districts and charter schools across the state received … Michigan agencies reported spending only one-eighth, or $48.8 …

Extra COVID Revenue for Schools Averages $4,600 Per Student

But large disparities among districts; some get less than $1,000, others more than $10,000

… , Mich. — Michigan public schools are emerging from the pandemic … efforts, Michigan’s K-12 public schools are receiving at least an … billion in extra funds. Most school districts will receive significantly … strategies for COVID-19. Early spending trends raise questions about … state created to determine school funding amounts for the 2020-2021 …

M-STEP and Benchmark Tests Both Have Value

Keep parents & public informed, preserve future accountability

… preserving a long-term picture of school and student performance justifies … information and allow state and school leaders to assess how individual schools and classrooms are performing … providing a clear picture. Schools are not obligated to compel … with the responsibility of spending billions of taxpayer dollars …

Putting Patients First

Legislation increasing access to health providers, promoting price transparency, is on the move

… helps with added access to mental health professionals. The aftermath of school and economic shutdowns remains to be fully seen, but it will likely include … lenses save consumers time and money. They could also lead to reduced spending on government employee eye care services and government health care benefits, …

How To Make A School District Appear Underfunded: Ignore Big Pieces Of Revenue

Michigan’s public school establishment and friends regularly do it

… funding for DeWitt Public Schools was $12,716 per pupil in 2019-20.  In 2019, DeWitt Public Schools Superintendent John Deiter … Journal, saying Michigan public schools needed more money. Deiter … an organization called the School Finance Research Collaborative, … When advocates for higher spending in public schools cite spending …

The Family Man

A profile of the Mackinac Center’s Jim Walker

… passed away from a rare lung disease. His brother was diagnosed as well, spending years being fed by a tube and sleeping in an oxygen tank, and doctors … from people who wanted to help.” A few years later, he was asked to run a school near Dallas, as its chief executive. From there, he served a variety of …

Michigan Supreme Court, Lawmakers Have the Chance to Straighten Out Short-Term Rental Issues

Michigan Realtors files brief in Mackinac Center Airbnb case

… generations. As second homes, they pay all school taxes – contributing state and local property tax support for both school operating and school debt expenses, often with high taxable … find it financially impossible to spend a week or two-week vacation together …

Get Creative with Federal Education Dollars

Small share of massive sum can support families directly

… is flooding into Michigan schools. While most of the money is … billion to Michigan public schools. This amount represents extra … those provided to preserve schools’ primary formula funding levels, … also offers a reminder that schools are getting their own new … investment” Michigan K-12 schools have ever received. Off the …

Coalition Letter Urges Fiscally Sound Approach to Federal Funds

Lawmakers should be cautious with American Rescue Plan Act Funds

… state’s long-term financial picture. Remember that local governments and schools have their own pots of money from federal aid. “Applying these principles … does not mean creating new programs that commit Michigan taxpayers to new spending on new programs or underwriting demonstrably bad ones.” The letter was …

Use Michigan’s Newfound Federal Cash To Put State in Better Position

Lawmakers should make sure the state is stronger as it emerges out of the pandemic

… have $5.7 billion more to spend now that Congress approved its latest spending plans. But the federal government … challenged to find ways to spend the extra money. While some … been filled with extra state spending bills and already extant … priority is to return kids to schools, safely, as soon as possible. …

Veto Overrides, Emergency Order Limits, Virus Spending and More

This week's MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

… action by the governor to spend money that has not been authorized … 4048 that would prohibit spending part of the state’s federal … health department to close schools in an emergency to county … governor if the administration spends money without the legislative … House Bill 4040: Facilitate school apprenticeship programs: Passed …

Michigan’s $62,170 Average Teacher Pay Not Very Revealing

The highest average was $81,641, at a district where instructors top-out at nearly $102K

… to $63,553. In the 2018-19 school year, the average pay was … is on the Utica Community Schools payroll as a teacher, but … teaches no classes and instead spends all her work time on union … But like many high-seniority school employees, even the local … collected $121,741 in the 2015-16 school year. In recent years, the …

Lawmakers Want to Be More Careful With Pension Funds

… each year than they should. In 2015, for instance, lawmakers put into the school retirement system $216 million less than the recommended amount. The bills … cash today to free up more cash in the future, and lawmakers’ desire to spend in the short term explains why pensions across the country are underfunded. …

Cyber School Students Should Get Equal Funding

… the important role cyber schools have filled with regular classrooms … missteps by singling out these schools for fiscal harm. Cyber schools are charter public schools that provide most or all of … allowance would reduce state spending by $30 million, a tiny fraction …

Biden Blowout: Spending Bill Unnecessary and Harmful

State lawmakers must act to minimize waste

… adopting another colossal spending bill, borrowing $1.9 trillion … to be spent. Of the new spending under discussion, Michigan governments, including schools, could receive billions. State … whole. When state lawmakers spend this new windfall, they must … new Biden bucks for binge spending. They’ve done that before …

More Epidemic Spending, Rules and Requirements

March 5 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

… 4049: Transfer power to close schools during epidemic to locals: … emergency orders that close schools for in-person instruction … billion in additional school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal … The House vote on the school spending bill described above. … vote on the supplemental spending bill described above. House …

Lawmakers Want to Be More Careful With Pension Funds

Taxpayers now owe more to pensioners than the lenders

… each year than they should. In 2015, for instance, lawmakers put into the school retirement system $216 million less than the recommended amount. The bills … cash today to free up more cash in the future, and lawmakers’ desire to spend in the short term explains why pensions across the country are underfunded. …

More Epidemic Response Spending, Lame Duck Voting, ‘Faux’ Government Services

February 26 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

… Bill 29: Authorize more school spending in current fiscal year: … billion for Michigan's public school system in the 2020-2021 fiscal … million would be allocated to school districts based on the number … million would go to K-8 summer school programs and $45.0 million for high school credit recovery programs, …

Money for Nothing: Most Federal COVID Relief Went to Closed Classrooms

Districts raking in most CARES funds denied students in-person learning

In recent weeks, more school districts have come around to provide … reported last week, a few large school districts, including Ann Arbor … the months of evidence that schools aren’t super-spreaders and … great deal of autonomy this school year to decide how best to … face-to-face instruction in high schools. More recently, Gov. Gretchen …

Time to Fund Cyber School Students Fairly — Again

Whitmer’s repeated attempt egregious in light of COVID demands

… the important role cyber schools have filled with regular classrooms … missteps by singling out these schools for fiscal harm. Cyber schools are charter public schools that provide most or all of … allowance would reduce state spending by $30 million, a tiny fraction …

With Federal Aid, Detroit Schools To Get Nearly Double Its Last Budget

Law gives great latitude in how it gets spent

… would mean the Detroit Public Schools Community District will receive … figure context, in the 2018-19 school year, the district’s total … ago. That estimate for extra school funding in the pending legislation … All told, the three federal spending packages could add up to … federal money. Detroit’s public school district already received …

Use Michigan's Budget Surplus to Pay Back Teacher Pension Debt

Current interest on pension debt costs $2.3 billion per year

… tax collections, and state spending cuts generated a $3.7 billion … about crafting the state’s spending plan for the 2022 fiscal … the debt of the state-run school employee pension system. … in past years, it has made school workers its largest creditors … return on investments in the school pension plan, that makes it …

Appropriate Federal Coronavirus Relief Dollars and More

February 5 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

… coronavirus relief dollars to schools: Passed 59 to 50 in the House … coronavirus relief dollars to schools: Passed 58 to 51 in the House To revise school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal … districts, which they can spend on any of 15 specific activities … departments; this means the school spending bill can't become law …

Flex Learning: A Customized Approach for Michigan Students

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

… of the Morey FlexTech High School in Shepherd, Mich.; and Cara … ExcelinEd focusing on private school choice. Cara has spent the … provided expert analysis on school choice, school finance, collective bargaining … all students. Phil enjoys spending time with his wife and two …

School District Funding, Lame Duck Sessions and More

January 29 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

… Resolution A: Remove university spending from allowable School Aid Fund uses Introduced … revenue earmarked to the state “School Aid Fund” to be used for state … to this fund could only be spend on K-12 public schools and community colleges. Senate …

For Second Straight State of the State, Whitmer Offers Only Government Expansions

Nine state government expansions, zero limitations

… businesses Passing the MI COVID Recovery Plan Funding academic recovery, school infrastructure, and support for students Permanently raise wages for home … program Creating new ways for local governments to raise taxes for roads Spending more on Michigan’s water infrastructure You can view the tally of past …

Take Federal Education Funds into Account

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money

… their children, while their schools have left them wondering how … loss, including new summer school programs. In addition to … urges more funding for public schools generally, with significantly more funding for schools that serve students in poverty … backgrounds. Increases in spending have been shown to improve …

Pandemic Response Boosts Michigan Budget

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

… people who rely on state spending were worried about how much … at all. In fact, federal spending more than makes up for the … current fiscal year, state spending is back above pre-pandemic … the latest round of federal spending approved last month. Further, … more tax dollars into public schools that aren’t open and paying …

Low-Income Families Still Need Transportation Scholarships

… students these days, getting to school entails logging on to a computer … comforts of home. The issue of school transportation, though, will … affordable transportation to schools beyond their neighborhood. … other families for a special school-operated vehicle or a child-friendly … parents would be willing to spend a significant amount of time …

Michigan Students Need Flexible and Customized Educational Options

New program would provide more opportunities

… options. All middle and high school students would have the option … program offered by any public school in Michigan. The courses could … afforded to those in affluent schools.” Some districts offer flexible … the seats available through Schools of Choice. Flex Learning would … portion of the per-pupil spending that the state already allots …

Flex Learning: Two Possible Fiscal Approaches

… a mechanism that redirects school aid dollars to extra support … equivalent to a public charter school’s authorizer fee. This amount … would remain to the family’s spending discretion. Low-income students … providers, whether they be school districts, charter schools or institutions of higher …

A New Model for Flexible Learning

… learners greater agency, especially for middle-school and secondary students and their families. Charting … per-pupil allotment to “purchase” courses from schools for both online and face-to-face instruction. … broad menu of providers. Accountability for this spending can be achieved through tested and reported measures …

Low-Income Families Still Need Transportation Scholarships

As in-person learning returns, customized options could level field

… students these days, getting to school entails logging on to a computer … instruction, the issue of school transportation will take on … affordable transportation to schools beyond their neighborhood. … other families for a special school-operated vehicle or a child-friendly … parents would be willing to spend a significant amount of time …

Fighting for Liberty and Playing the Blues

A Profile of Mike Reitz

… foregoing a formal undergraduate degree and working his way through law school. He began working as a legal assistant at the Homeschool Legal Defense … public sector unions must get consent from those they represent before spending agency fees on election-related issues. He also co-authored a book about …

Less Road Funding from the Road-Fixing Governor

… confused about why the state spends less on road funding, even … her administration began. Spending on road funding, excluding … $43 million. The state is spending more, though not on roads. Schools get $653 million more than … was unwilling to increase spending by using the growth of state …

Less Road Funding from the Road-Fixing Governor

State spending up, but not for roads

… confused about why the state spends less on road funding, even … prior to her governorship. Spending on road funding, excluding … $43 million. The state is spending more, though not on roads. Schools get $653 million more than … was unwilling to increase spending by using the growth of state …

How Many Michigan Families Are Fleeing Public Schools?

… alternatives to their children’s schooling routines than could have … since the fall count day for schools, and the pandemic made the … full funding in the 2020-21 school year. The law the state Legislature … Even so, Flint Community Schools resorted to trying bribery, … revenue, or less than 1% of 2019 spending levels. The district reported …

The Collapse in Power of Michigan’s Largest Public Sector Union

… of Michigan’s 200,000 or so school employees to pay dues or fees … actively employed by a public school, such as retirees and college … came even though Michigan schools employ nearly the same number … from fewer people working in schools. And this choice has had … Dues revenue and political spending by the MEA has declined substantially. …

Flying By The Seat of Our Pants

COVID response suggest there’s no point to planning for pandemics

… for a statewide lockdown — closing schools, prohibiting all gatherings and only … plan. She allowed restaurants and schools in Phase 4 regions to reopen for … justify reworking plans for when schools and restaurants should be reopened. … planning was done in the first place. Why spend what might amount to hundreds of hours …

Detroit Schools Get Clean Audit, No Findings of Concern

10 years ago, there were many

The Detroit Public Schools Community District reports that its … tracking its revenue and spending. Also, in October, the state … million bailout of the insolvent school district in 2016. The completed … the state of Michigan or the school district as of yet. Completed school district audits are usually …

How Many Michigan Families Are Fleeing Public Schools?

Kindergarten enrollment down 15% in some of largest districts

… alternatives to their children’s schooling routines than could have … careers. The fall count day for schools has just passed, and the pandemic … full funding in the 2020-21 school year. The law the state Legislature … Even so, Flint Community Schools resorted to trying bribery, … revenue, or less than 1% of 2019 spending levels. The district reported …

Current Operation of Trust Funds

… Investment returns finance the annual spending programs allowed through the funds. … language prohibits the state from spending more than half of the annual revenue … department, determines how much to spend each year. The board also decides … Gregory J. Parker, “Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System Retirement …

Record State Budget for Schools Overcomes Pandemic Fears

Families’ turn for education relief should come next

… levels of state funding for schools. Lawmakers did not have to … budget, as they had to keep spending promises made the year before. … ago, it looked like public school officials would have to find … out $13.7 billion in state school aid, while passing through … money for special education, school lunches and paying down state …

Recipe For School Budget Trouble: Enrollment Down, Teaching Staff Up, Pension Expense Rising

Bay City officials use the old ‘state funding cuts’ excuse — but their funding went up, not down

Officials at Michigan school districts often claim their local … funding. Bay City Public Schools provides the most recent example. … to the MLive news site, the school board passed a resolution … reasons.” Bay City Public Schools, however, has not seen a decline … match. The result is often spending that exceeds revenue and …

Conservation

… Gardens Participants discussed the idea that the public is willing to spend private dollars to enjoy and protect the ecosystem, a benefit that society … activities on the land. A 250,000 acre parcel owned by the King Kamehameha School in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was discussed as an example. The land was …

Cancel The Narrative: Schools Serving Michigan’s Poor Among State's Highest Funded, Not Least

… interests promoting increased spending by Michigan public school districts is that schools serving poorer communities … of funding are included, schools serving Michigan’s poorest … line. At the Hamtramck public school district, 94.4% of students …

Some School Districts Fail to Disclose Superintendent Earnings

Compliance with compensation reporting not well enforced

… transparency when it comes to public schools, and there have been many … transparency requirements of schools. One key provision of state … extreme example, the Vanderbilt School District has not updated its … anyone who cares about school spending, because the amount of … we have salary information spend over $100 million on superintendent …

New Updates to Michigan Superintendent Compensation Database

Searchable online tool enables parents and taxpayers to find what their district pays

… can now easily see how tax dollars are spent on school district leadership, thanks to an updated database … Center for Public Policy. The Michigan Public School Superintendent Compensation Database reports how … compare how different Michigan districts are spending resources on the leaders their boards have chosen,” …

Rich Families Have Choice; Poor Families Need It

Blocking school options perpetuates educational inequality

… financially solvent and deal with schooling options for their children … teachers have to go back to school. This is pushing parents who … students – a private micro-school, basically. The instruction … everybody.” For their part, public school officials don’t like the idea. … schools; as a result, state spending may only support attendance …

Stop Punishing Educational Success

Families are the victims of funding the system rather than the student

… plan is to punish public schools that innovate, grow and demonstrate … This kills incentives for schools to improve and leaves families … encourage districts to offer schooling options that they actually … state’s recently adopted back-to-school legislation contains a misguided … into two cohorts that will spend different days in class. But …

When Public Servants Mislead the Public

There is money to cut in the budget and not every dollar is “essential"

… and politicians want the state to spend this money anyway. It enables lawmakers … consideration. So, the state continues spending money on these programs, regardless … have a limited amount of money to spend. This means that lawmakers are making … per-student basis, similar to how K-12 schools are funded, would be fairer. But …