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Michigan Student Opportunity Scholarships: Overview and Fiscal Analysis

… passed legislation in October 2021 to create the Student Opportunity Scholarship Program, which would give thousands of families across the state more spending power to help meet their children's educational needs. This report unpacks this proposed education savings account program and analyzes its potential …

Students Led Astray by Environmental Indoctrination

A Michigan high school student contacted the Mackinac Center, asking for help with research on pollution and its impacts on the natural environment. … a fully renewable electricity system, Michigan residents would need to spend tens of billions and carpet the state with wind turbines and solar panels, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

COVID-19: Coalition Offers Blueprint for Health, Safety and Economic Opportunity

… or assumed to be ongoing spending. Spend Some of Our State Reserves: … Therefore… Cut Non-Essential Spending Now: The Governor and Legislature … that more Michigan public schools are able to deploy it — whether … emergency-related shutdowns. School districts that take the lead …

Michigan Landscape: School Transportation

… the share of families with school-age children who lived within range of different types of schools. Researchers found that 93% … conventional district elementary school. By that same measure, 83% … close to a private elementary school, 72% to an elementary school … schools in Michigan on average spend about 4% of their operating …

Conclusion and Policy Recommendations

… dedicated to other purposes. Such spending is likely to provide the most bang … roads. First, the state already spends hundreds of millions of dollars on … Such as system could resemble how school facilities are funded. The state generally … provide loan assistance to improve the school districts’ credit rating and thus …

Challenges with Funding Michigan’s Roads

… Legislature has a large range of spending interests, and funding for … would be a radical shift in spending priorities. Graphic 26 below … fiscal year 2018.[†] Public schools and health and human services … Michigan’s budget.[‡] HHS spending has since increased from … significant amount of this spending results from programs receiving …

How Road Funding Works in Michigan

… revenue is dedicated to public schools and local governments.[30] … some flexibility in how they spend MTF dollars. With some exceptions, … constructing primary roads. They can spend another 15 percent of local … government officials have to spend on road maintenance declined … discourages drivers from spending on fuel, which reduces the …

How Michigan Legislators Voted on Taxpayer-Funded Business Subsidies

… quantify the dollar value of business subsidies authorized by each Michigan legislator since 2001. Researchers analyzed 71 public acts that authorized spending $16 billion on business subsidies from 2001 through 2017 to build the scorecard. Of these, 37 bills were able to be scored and the voting record …

Doing More With Less: The Charter School Advantage in Michigan

… research suggests impacts both a school’s funding levels and its average … background of students in a school as well as the race and gender composition of a school’s students. Three key findings … average, Michigan charter schools receive about $2,782, or 20 … investment for each dollar it spends — 36 percent higher than the …

Results of Regression Analysis

… constant.[*] On average, charter schools spend $2,611 less per student, … demographic differences. Charter schools are more cost effective and … investment. On average, the charter school advantage in CAP points for … children in Michigan charter schools provides a return on investment … them per year than students spending 13 years in TPS. We estimate …

Cost Effectiveness and ROI

… differences in per-pupil spending and standardized differences in CAP scores. Charter schools in almost all Michigan cities … cities have public charter schools outperforming TPS based on … take into account relative spending efforts. The graphic below … Graphic 7: Michigan Charter School Spending and Performance Compared …

Cost Effectiveness Analysis

… productivity of public charter schools and TPS, we follow the methodology … University of Arkansas charter school productivity study and first … effectiveness of public charter schools and TPS using the following … in TPS and public charter schools for each city multiplied by … calculating society’s return on the spending decisions made by the schools …

Executive Summary

… nation about public charter schools. Opponents of charter schools typically argue that these schools fail if their average standardized … traditional, district-run schools. These types of comparisons, … investment for each dollar it spends — 36 percent higher than the …