Findings of Comprehensive School Funding Study
Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:05:04 EST

The School Finance Research Collaborative recently announced results of Michigan’s first comprehensive statewide study examining school funding in Michigan.

As previously reported, Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education members approved a resolution in support of the School Finance Research Collaborative.

ESD Superintendent Scott Reynolds explained the collaborative is a group of business leaders and education experts from across Michigan who work to find the cost of educating all Michigan public school students and then change how schools are funded.

According to the report, the base per-pupil cost to educate a regular education K-12 student in Michigan is nearly ten thousand dollars ($9,590.00). This does not include transportation, food service or capital costs, and only includes pension costs at 4.6 percent of wages. Also, it costs just over 14 thousand ($14,155.00) to educate a preschool student age three or four.

Matt Gillard, CEO of Michigan’s Children said “The comprehensive data provided by this new report provide the building blocks to reform Michigan’s broken school funding system and ensure all students have access to a quality education, whether they attend school in Northeast Michigan or in any corner of the Great Lakes State.”

For more information about the School Finance Research Collaborative and to see the full report, go to


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