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Detroit Schools’ Annual Budget Balanced With Emergency Bailout Money

$10M in so-called state transition-cost dollars helping keep the district out of deficit

… years, Detroit’s public school district overspent and … budget that projects spending $705.9 million for … reconstituted public school district is projected … 2020. If the district spends those funds at the … more

Don’t Push the School Funding Panic Button

Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections

… in Michigan’s public schools has been shrinking. … two-thirds of Michigan K-12 spending is not fixed. And … enrolled in public preschool through 12th grade last … their transportation spending by 11 percent per … more

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems

It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt

… moved its state and school systems — which cover … before Jan. 1, 2012, and school employees hired before … more

Fake News: HuffPost Article on DeVos Filled With Mistruths

Union officials presented simply as ‘teachers,’ hedge funds bizarrely linked to charter schools

… insinuated that charter schools are not public schools. One of them, David … examples. Huffington Post wrote : “Spend any time talking to … described simply as a “high school teacher.” In fact, … more

Progressive Advocacy Groups Wants Tax Loophole for the Wealthy

… maintain funding for schools, roads, and other building … much more government spending. One part of … more

State of Michigan To Restrict Union ‘Ghost Workers’

Currently, 20 state employees do only union work on state time; still others do it part-time

… comment. About 70 Michigan school districts also employ … state will no longer spend over $1 million each … state employees to spend some or all of their … of $76,608 a year to spend 100 percent of their … more

Don’t Push the School Funding Panic Button

Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections

… in Michigan’s public schools has been shrinking. … two-thirds of Michigan K-12 spending is not fixed. And … enrolled in public preschool through 12th grade last … their transportation spending by 11 percent per … more

Why Pension Reform Is Hard for Politicians

No consequences to kicking the can down the road

… large, state-mandated school system are offered benefits … fund. But the temptation to spend money elsewhere is too … control. For those school employees that opt for … more

Charter Schools Face Funding, Facility Inequities

Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap

As Michigan charter schools seek to serve more … as district public schools. Yet charters on average aren’t able to spend as much for each student … field for all public schools, charters included. Michigan … more

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