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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 …

Schools Spend $228 Per Pupil On Supplies; Teachers Claim They Spend, Too

… significant out-of-pocket costs to buy school supplies needed for their classrooms. … in the media. Michigan’s public school districts spent $309.8 million in … state constitution mandates that school districts, not school employees, are responsible for providing …

The Façade is Falling

Environmental researchers and activists are rebelling

… environment. He describes starting an Amnesty International chapter in his high school, traveling to Nicaragua to “witness the Sandinista socialist revolution,” … One anecdote describes how a young Indonesian woman had been expected to spend her life in a small, rural village where she would “do [her] chores, and …