What’s Really Unfair About Michigan School Funding? | Columns


A new report from advocacy group Education Trust-Midwest omits important recent information that doesn’t support its thesis on Michigan’s highly “regressive” school funding system.

Ed Trust-Midwest, an affiliate of The Education Trust in Washington, DC, based in Royal Oak, recognizes that literacy among young Michigan students is stagnating. The group predicts that, if trends continue, fourth graders across the state will move up from 32nd to 39th in reading on national tests by 2030. A pillar of the report’s plan to improve student achievement is a call to fund schools more equitably. Yet in making this call, the report critically omits some funding sources and some schools.

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