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.