Michigan School Spending Hits All-Time High
Despite relentless poor-mouthing by individual school districts in news articles, letters to residents and testimony before legislative committees, per-pupil public school spending set a new record in 2010.
Total public school revenue in
Below are tables of both the 10 highest- and lowest-spending districts in per-pupil terms (not including charter public schools or districts with fewer than 500 pupils):
Interestingly, the lowest-spending charter school was Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County. This alternative online education program spent only $4,723 per pupil. The innovative academy was featured in a study just published by the
These figures are reported by the Michigan Department of Education as part of the annual National Public Education Finance Survey.
Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.