Michigan is now in the bottom five states nationwide for equitable school funding. Our report, Michigan’s School Funding: Crisis and Opportunity, shows how the state’s K-12 education funding system is neither adequate nor equitable – with the hardest burden falling on students with special needs, from low-income families, new English speakers and students in isolated rural schools.
Not only is an investment in our children the right thing to do, but it is also the smart thing to do.
If Michigan’s current K-12 students had educational achievement at the national average, their lifetime earnings could increase by an estimated $27 billion, according to leading research.
Our children deserve better. Our employers are demanding better. Other states are doing better. For the sake of our children and our economy, we need to transition to a system of school funding that is fair and equitable. Read more below to learn more.