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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 …