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Time to fix school funding in Michigan

Business and education experts today launched a new effort to study school funding in Michigan to determine how much money schools need to prepare all students for success.

The effort — announced by the new School Finance Research Collaborative — will build on a report released last summer that concluded Michigan's system of funding schools is becoming increasingly unequal and the state needs to spend more to educate students who are low-income or speak little or no English.

The collaborative is currently being funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, according to a news release. But it will quickly begin raising funds to pay for the study, estimated to cost as much as $750,000.