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Introduction

… taxes, modify the allowed use of School Aid Fund revenues, and earmark a portion … income tax credit, increase public school funding and create new rules for the … Gov. Rick Snyder advocated for more spending on road repair and maintenance, originally … 1 would increase state taxes and spending by about $2 billion in its first …

Introduction

… contracting out for common public school services, only outsourcing … was good reason for this: school districts are prohibited from … must be covered by general school funds. When deficits occurred, school officials often looked for … addition to this rationale, spending pressures, created in large …

Conclusion

In this survey of school district contracts, it is apparent that implementation … passage of a law aiming to change school district collective bargaining does … compliant with health insurance spending reforms, there are plenty of instances … performance in Michigan’s public schools. If districts are continuing to use …

Implications for Policy Leaders

This survey suggests that simply expecting school districts to unilaterally change the way that they … work. Public Act 152, which limits the amount school districts can spend on employee health insurance, contains a specific …

Charter Conversion

… emergency include deficit spending for more than three consecutive … revenues. During the 2010-11 school year, according to the report, … recommended that the Highland Park School District be taken over by … another district or charter school for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.[33] After procedural …

Financial Difficulties

… revenue. During the 2011-12 school year, Highland Park received … reductions in total district spending did not decrease proportionately. … overspending was the 2010-11 school year when the district spent … Highland Park one of the highest-spending districts in Michigan. The … attendance during the 2011-12 school year — only six of Michigan’s …

The Savings

… is redirected to local governments in the form of state aid payment to schools, appropriations to colleges and universities, and revenue-sharing payments … savings to accrue to taxpayers. If policymakers were to reduce overall spending, at both the local and state levels, in response to balancing public sector …

Insurance Benefits

… participate.[19] Most of the 186,000 FTE school district employees also tend … health insurance benefits.[20] School districts, charter public schools and other government educational … survey of Michigan conventional school districts, average teacher … sector employers in Michigan spend less on average providing health …

Implementing ‘Benefits in Balance’

… services to taxpayers, but the more governments spend on employment benefits, the fewer services they … Jason Richwine, for example, found that public school teachers — the most common government employee … salaries. In theory, since most local government and school district officials are free to offer and negotiate …

Benchmarking Public and Private Sector Benefits

… payments and services.[*] The public school retirement system — MPSERS — was used … include the unique time off offered to school employees. However, the cost of providing … averages, governments would need to spend $84 million more on compensation such … systems, such as retirement benefits for school employees. [†]  Using the state employee …