By Ron French, Bridge Magazine
Michigan ranks dead last in the nation in school funding growth in the quarter century since Michigan radically changed how it funded public education system, according to a new Michigan State University study.
From 2003 to 2015, Michigan also ranked 50th in growth in school performance on the National Assessment of Educational Performance, often called “the nation’s report card, according to the study.
The report calls for an increase in school funding of $3.6 billion a year, an almost 20 percent increase over the $18.4 billion spent now, with more dollars going toward schools with large populations of low-income and special education children and English language learners.
“It’s clear we are at the bottom financially,” said state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills. “We can’t begin to take the state forward if we don’t educate our kids.
“We need more money – period,” Bayer said. “We have to start looking at how to get more money and not just move it around inn our tiny pie.”