Michigan School Funding (February 4, 2014)

Feb 04, 2014 -- 1:27pm

Michigan School Funding  (February 4, 2014)

Governor Snyder says school spending is up.   Democrats say it's down.   Analysts say they're both right!   Most importantly, what do you say?   Which measurable method of funding better tells the story of school money?

This is why people love politics (sarcasm).....

 

The governor has increased K-12 spending of total appropriations from $12.98 billion in fiscal year 2011 to $13.36 billion for the current fiscal year.   By this measure, funding is up.

Democrats say most of the increase would only help teacher retirement costs and not help with actual per-pupil funding directly in the classroom.   By this measure, funding is down $240 per pupil from $7316 to $7076.

 

So, is it up or is it down?

My take?   I look at the bottom line which shows an increase overall.   Whether it's directly in the classroom or for teacher pensions, it's all part of the education budget.   Or should be.

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