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Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students
Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2014 | Tom Gantert

Posted on 01/24/2014 6:21:59 AM PST by MichCapCon

A metro Detroit newspaper and the Senate Minority Leader said state funding cuts are a reason some public school districts are in financial distress.

Yet, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency, K-12 public education has received hundreds of millions of dollars more the past few years despite there being a drop in the number of students the past three years.

The Detroit Free Press reported in a Jan. 15 article that 50 school districts and charter public schools ended 2012-13 in deficit "largely because of declining enrollment and the impact of state funding cuts."

MLive ran a Jan. 15 article that quoted Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, stating that Gov. Rick Snyder has "cut $2 billion from public education over his first three years in office."

Since Gov. Snyder has been in office, the state has passed school aid budgets that devote $798.9 million more in state resources to school funding, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. The school aid budgets have increased 7.4 percent from $10.8 billion to $11.6 billion from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2014. At the same time, total student enrollment was down 2.4 percent over the period.

If you include K-12, community colleges and higher education, state funding has increased 5.5 percent from $12.6 billion in fiscal 2011 to $13.3 billion in 2014. Overall, the total state budget dropped from $48.8 billion to $48.7 billion over that period.

"There is a continual drumbeat of people bemoaning public education cuts," said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "It would be nice if they actually looked at the data."

The state lists 50 school districts in deficit in 2012-13, one more than the previous year. However, two of the 50 districts in deficit have been dissolved and two others were consolidated into one district.

TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: spending

1 posted on 01/24/2014 6:21:59 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

“It would be nice if they actually looked at the data.”

It would be nice if public officials knew how to read and how to count.

THOSE two basic skills should be DEMONSTRATED, in order for candidates to qualify for consideration for ANY office.

Until that happens, Americans cannot expect honest and capable representation either locally or nationally.

If you can’t read or count... WHY do you want to BE in public office... except to access tax payer revenues and then answer to absolutely NO ONE for it!!!

2 posted on 01/24/2014 6:33:36 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: MichCapCon
More Money For Fewer Students
I live in a suburb of Rochester NY and in the last 10 years, our student population has decreased by about 10% while our school taxes have gone up at least 30%.
Throw in the annual student aid from NY State (always described by school admin types as "free money") and the amount of spending per pupil has gone through the roof.
Oh, the results you ask? Lots of pretty buildings, lots of well paid teachers and fewer graduates.
3 posted on 01/24/2014 6:41:13 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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