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Ed Trust-Midwest: Major Hike in Education Funding Needed, Needs to Double in High Poverty Districts

Feb 13, 2020

AFT Michigan      
"Michigan is one of only 16 states providing less funding to its highest poverty districts than its lowest-poverty districts, " writes Ed Trust-Midwest in its report released last week: Michigan's School Funding: Crisis and Opportunity. This report reinforces recent findings of the School Finance Research Collaborative and Michigan State University. The MSU study reported that between 1995 and 2015, "Michigan had the lowest total education revenue growth of all 50 states,” and, when adjusted for inflation, "Michigan’s per-pupil funding declined by 22 percent between 2002 and 2015."

Ed Trust-Midwest’s suggested principles for K-12 funding include: funding according to student need (equity), more funding to districts with lower fiscal capacity, and accountability and transparency on how funds are spent. All three studies cited call for significant increases in K-12 funding--the Ed Trust report calls for doubling funding for students from low-income backgrounds." AFT Michigan