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Don’t Look Back, Ohio

… parent-directed education spending accounts. But a citizen petition … students. Those attending public schools could apply for funds to pay … things like tutoring, after-school activities, educational therapies … to attend either a private school or a public school that charges for out-of-district …

Michigan’s Budget Was Strong Throughout the Pandemic

… expected a 12% loss in the state’s General and School Aid funds for the first year of the pandemic and … better than expected. Lawmakers trimmed state spending from $34.4 billion to $33.0 billion, a 3.8% decrease, … thing; lawmakers should make it a priority not to spend every dollar that comes in. It saves money for …

Michigan Budget Continues to Grow Through Pandemic

… course, lawmakers don’t have to spend every dollar of revenue and … year — would let lawmakers spend around $900 million more. Lawmakers … already going to increase spending by more than the inflation rate through the school aid budget they passed this … the extra federal stimulus spending. It’s unlikely that state …

Honor Parents by Funding Students

… COVID-19 policies and how to spend the bulk of federal COVID-19 relief funds. While school districts have yet to spend most of their large sums, many … officials urge everyone in school to wear masks, they have stopped … they did last academic year. School district leaders have been …

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 …

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 …

Less Road Funding from the Road-Fixing Governor

… confused about why the state spends less on road funding, even … her administration began. Spending on road funding, excluding … $43 million. The state is spending more, though not on roads. Schools get $653 million more than … was unwilling to increase spending by using the growth of state …

How Many Michigan Families Are Fleeing Public Schools?

… alternatives to their children’s schooling routines than could have … since the fall count day for schools, and the pandemic made the … full funding in the 2020-21 school year. The law the state Legislature … Even so, Flint Community Schools resorted to trying bribery, … revenue, or less than 1% of 2019 spending levels. The district reported …

The Collapse in Power of Michigan’s Largest Public Sector Union

… of Michigan’s 200,000 or so school employees to pay dues or fees … actively employed by a public school, such as retirees and college … came even though Michigan schools employ nearly the same number … from fewer people working in schools. And this choice has had … Dues revenue and political spending by the MEA has declined substantially. …