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Long-Awaited Education Funding Study Released

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, June 29, 2016

On Tuesday, the completed Michigan Education Finance Study (adequacy study) was finally released. This study was required by Public Act 555 of 2015 as part of the package allowing for Proposal 1 that year. The study concluded that the total base cost for districts is $8,667 per pupil based on what they determined are “notably successful” districts.

The study states that Michigan “should work to create a more equitable state funding system” and points to the significant variation in per pupil revenues and expenses across districts. While this is not surprising, the study goes into detail on funding for various populations of students, as well as capital and debt service expenditures.

Augenblick, Palaich and Associates were awarded the contract to determine the sufficient resources to provide a quality public education for all pupils. Among other requirements, they were also responsible in determining if school districts receive funds “in a fashion that ensures that all students have an equal opportunity” to become proficient in various subjects. 

Please review the report and feel free to send any comments or questions you may have to MASB’s Government Relations Team. They are also working on a more detailed summary of the entire study that we hope to have available shortly.

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