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Make Sure Michigan Residents Benefit from State’s Cash Haul

They’re the ones paying for it

… recommendation to avoid a rush to spend. The principles we recommended then … point, and a little more in annual spending can ensure that roads get better … year. They should be careful about spending the available cash on other infrastructure, … in return. All the people managing schools, local governments, hospitals and …

Don’t Look Back, Ohio

New Michigan legislation could close education opportunity gap

… parent-directed education spending accounts available to more … 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 …

Invest in Children or the K-12 System?

Voters should know how much schools already spend

… report that the state’s public schools need more money to succeed. … how much the state’s public schools already take in, not to mention … the amount of dollars schools spend, and a significant number … soliciting opinions on how much schools spend, but it did ask where voters … Michigan ranked in per-pupil spending compared with other states. …

Michigan Law Denies Educational Choices to Families

Families are fighting back with a federal lawsuit

… motivation to learn. Reopened school buildings helped improve their … relationships. But students and schools still face choppy waters, … friends. And when their local schools let them down, they sacrificed … religious or other private school. Interestingly, the immediately … them even more flexibility to spend education dollars to help their …

Michigan’s Budget Was Strong Throughout the Pandemic

Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes

… losses to the state’s General and School Aid funds for the first year of the … expected. Lawmakers trimmed state spending from $34.4 billion to $33.0 billion, … lawmakers should make it a priority not to spend every dollar that comes in. It saves … cash. They’ve already boosted the school budget and have plenty of other cash …

School Officials Should Look to Improve Student Outcomes with Extra Stimulus Cash

The best education reforms can have noticeable effects on student achievement

… around, Michigan’s largest school district is doubling down on old spending patterns. Its approach figures … achievement. The Detroit Public Schools Community District brought … the prospect of more school spending appears to be one of the … relationship between school spending and student achievement. …

Why All Politicians Love Job Training Programs

Plenty of programs and institutions already exist

… and the federal government spends billions on this each year … universities, community colleges, school districts and intermediate school districts. Michigan has a … over $700 million in annual spending. That doesn’t include all the taxpayer support for schools and community colleges that …

Special Education Funding Serves Districts—Not Students

Funds are padlocked away by a few local school administrators

… funding in Michigan favors school districts over disabled students. … enjoy the benefit of our Schools of Choice law because most … padlocked away by a few local school administrators. These local … housed within intermediate school districts, which were created … hoard cash by refusing to spend local millage dollars on disabled …

Michigan Budget Continues to Grow Through Pandemic

State lawmakers can afford to lighten the tax burden

… grow. Lawmakers are going to spend roughly $1 billion more in … state budget growth. Lawmakers spend $9.1 billion more in money … course, lawmakers don’t have to spend every dollar of revenue and … year — would let lawmakers spend around $900 million more. Lawmakers … than inflation through the school aid budget they passed this …

Honor Parents, Fund Students

Well-funded education system struggles with COVID decisions

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