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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

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

Taxpayers Deserve to Know Details of Business Subsidy Deals

State officials are hiding what should be public information

… find out how much your school district spends on paper clips. All … your government is spending your money. The state … detailed records of spending by governments, even … more

New ‘Labor Voices’ Column, Same Old Teachers Union Disinformation

The new MEA president spreads the same inaccuracies as the old MEA president

… inaccuracies about public school employment. And … Michigan’s per-pupil spending, compared with neighboring … story : Utica Community Schools is getting $24.1 million more in state school aid in 2017-18 than … more

New York Times Article, Critical of Charter Schools, Misses Key Point on School Funding

Despite media claims, districts in poor communities get more funding, not less

… critical of charter schools and mischaracterized school finances in Michigan. … benefit, but per-pupil spending increases, bound … completely grasp how complex school funding is in Michigan. For … more

Cutting Federal Great Lakes Funding Would Not Be an Environmental and Economic Crisis

… given to Kent County schools to develop a “school-wide meaningful watershed … effort to reduce federal spending on programs better … federal environmental spending. With the GLRI … more

Spending Up $1.8 Billion But Publication Claims Michigan ‘Disinvests’ In Schools

… disinvesting in its public school system. Carole Valade, … Agency report on K-12 spending, meanwhile, shows … support going to public schools. Lawmakers increased … through the federal stimulus spending approved in President … more

‘Public Education’ Not Easy to Define

Questions raised by rally for more school funding

… 22, to call for more school funding. They rallied … Michigan schools spend $12,000 or more per … the mark. “Public schools are schools that receive … $525 million in state spending for K-12 education, … more

Why Michigan Pension Reform Matters

Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems

… of the 2017 public school pension reform is a … when competing against spending that produces more … had accidentally made school employees its largest … pension benefits to new school employees and then push … more

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