Critics Say Michigan Funding Overhaul is 'Cart Before Horse'

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State policymakers and educators will get their first look today at a massive overhaul of Michigan's public education funding system that already is being labeled a vehicle for school vouchers.

The proposal, drafted at the request of Gov. Rick Snyder, calls for expanding online learning and removing school district "ownership" of students and letting them take their minimum $6,900 in state aid to other public schools.

At the same time, lawmakers are considering separate legislation, House Bill 5923, that would allow new types of public schools operated by municipalities, cultural institutions and corporations. "It's as close to an end run on vouchers that we've seen in my 15 years in public education," said Don Wotruba, deputy director of the Michigan Association of School Boards.

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