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Executive Summary

… involve using computers at school; it involves a new method … urban, rural and suburban school districts. In fact, Michigan … further benefit Michigan public school students. While there’s not … virtual learning in K-12 schools, several studies suggest that … conventional districts, while Ohio spends about $5,700 per pupil each …

#7 The Class Size Myth

… of $725 more per pupil to schools that reduced class sizes to … evidence that all the extra spending raised student achievement.[57] … the ratio of students to all school employees fell by 12 percent … period, and now there’s one school employee for every 7.8 students.[59] … facts don’t prevent the public school establishment from continuing …

#5 The Unequal Funding Myth

… embedded within Michigan’s public school system frequently call for … accomplishments — of the 1994 Proposal A school finance reform. While achieving … than most imagine, today the spending differences between schools is smaller than ever before. … A, 80 percent of Michigan school operating funds came from …

#4 The Unstable Funding Myth

… seeking more money for public schools frequently claim that the … so, but the reality is that school revenues have proven remarkably … this; over the past century, school funding nationwide has advanced … factor in recent decades is school employee unions, which have … campaign contributors and spends more on lobbying than any …

#3 The Underfunded Myth

… claim by Michigan’s public school establishment and its political allies is that, despite spending $20 billion annually on education, our schools are “underfunded.”[22] Comparisons … known “price” for a public school education that taxpayers are … amounts actually spent on schools and the knowledge that they …

#1 The School Foundation Allowance Myth

… laws directing the state’s school funding mechanism can be complex … per student in the 2009-2010 school year), which many incorrectly … districts. Second, because each school district uses the number generated … amount per student that each school will have to spend for the year. In reality, …

Endnotes

1  Paul Kersey, "Union Spending in Michigan: A Review of Union … 2009). 5  "Pennsylvania School Spending" (Commonwealth Foundation … Fault Single Health Plan for Schools," Detroit Free Press, August … Paul Kersey, "MESSA: Keeping School Districts from Saving Money … Database." 28  Kersey, "Union Spending in Michigan: A Review of …

The Consequences for Government Spending

… similar effect on local governments, including school districts, the potential savings in employee wages … the Michigan Education Association has pressured school districts to provide teachers and staff with insurance … of PERA would, among other things, ensure that school districts were free to utilize a wider range of …

The Consequences for Democratic Self-Government

… free to follow their own spending priorities and implement … swaths of a local government or school board's budget, especially … 45.6 percent of operations spending, meaning that close to half … percent of the cost of running a school district in Pennsylvania, … between the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Federation …

The Consequences of Applying Private-Sector Labor Policy to Government

… filed, though the rules vary a bit for public school employees. There is one important divergence … tremendous waste, with less than half of union spending going toward worker representation. Union spending is misdirected into political activism and inflated …