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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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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 …