Decades in the Making: House Puts Kids First, Increasing School Funding to Eliminate the Public School Per-Pupil Funding Gap
House School Aid Budget Treats Students Fairly, Equitably in Foundation Allowance, No Matter Where They Go to School
LANSING –The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) today thanked members of the state House of Representatives for eliminating the funding gap for public school students, spending more to ensure every public school student in the state receives equal funding through the state’s foundation allowance.
For more than 2 decades, the Foundation Allowance has invested less in the education of some public school students – including students who attend public charter schools – than others. House Bill 4411 finally eliminates that funding gap.
“Public school kids in Michigan deserve an education that’s funded equitably and fairly, no matter where they go to school,” said GLEP Executive Director Beth DeShone. “Today’s landmark legislation by the state House of Representatives ends decades of funding discrimination that targeted Michigan kids – too often some of Michigan’s poorest kids – based on where they went to school. It’s a great day for Michigan’s children, and we encourage the state Senate to enact the same pro-student reform when they’re next back in session.”
The Great Lakes Education Project is a bi-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization supporting quality choices in public education for all Michigan students. GLEP strongly supports efforts to improve academic achievement, increase accountability and empower parental choice in our schools.