Districts that serve Michigan's poorest children should receive more state funding

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All school districts are not created equal, and the state in its school funding plan should recognize that.

Kalamazoo Public Schools recently expressed frustration with the announced per-pupil allowance increase. KPS will receive an increase of only $50 per pupil while most districts will receive $175. We are less concerned with that funding difference this time given that Kalamazoo was actually grandfathered into Proposal A, which sets the formula for school funding, at a higher level of funding than most districts.

That, however, does not address Kalamazoo Superintendent Michael Rice's more fundamental arguments: K-12 education funding hasn't kept pace with inflation and funding should be tied to poverty indicators.

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