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State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples

General fund contributes more and more to retiree costs

… cover the costs of its school employee retirement … Taxpayers Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions … amount that individual school districts must pay to … the Michigan Public Schools Employees Retirement … more

Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain

Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding universities than intended

… earmark more money to the School Aid Fund and exempt … The state has been spending $200 million in school … established a state school aid fund which shall … exclusively for aid to school districts, higher … more

Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion

Savings came over a three-year period

… saved Michigan public school districts a total of … much schools could spend on health insurance, … billion since the 2010-11 school year, according to an … years at a university spending $100,000 to enter … more

There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan

Around 20 percent of school funding often ignored in debate on education finances

… year, the Huron Valley School district in Oakland … advocate for higher spending rarely include the … into Michigan public schools each year, but by no … additional education spending in Michigan, said … more

Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year

But coalition is critical of charters

… 20 conventional high schools in Detroit, 18 are … After years of overspending, Detroit schools … F grade on the school performance ratings … schoolchildren who spend a year in a charter … more

Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan

Getting accurate data is not easy

… from Redford Union Schools in Wayne County. They … in an annual school spending report called MDE … teachers in Detroit public schools whose management had … office (EAA) a school district comprised … more

Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes

May 5 proposal will hike taxes by $2 billion

… would go to public schools and $100 million would … is only one of the spending priorities in the … more

Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding

In Michigan, poverty at home doesn't translate to a poorly funded classroom

… And Flint Community Schools has been running a … also: Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions … into poorly funded school districts. Flint schools … Failures School District Spends $16,400 Per Student; … more

Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years

… departments, public schools and local governments, … trajectory of state spending tells a different … more

Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating

… the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement … Taxpayers Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions … billion in the state's school pension system. This … benefits earned by all school employees and also gradually … more

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