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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 …