The Ann Arbor News has an excellent article that looks at how the current school funding crisis might pit school districts against one another as schools on the lower end of the funding spectrum (many at the state’s minimum foundation grant of $7,085 per student) say it’s unfair that some districtsreceive $11,000 and $12,000 per student. Citizens for Equity is composed of about 50 lower-funded districts who are lobbying for funding changes. Rick Terres of Howell Public Schools says “If there are extra dollars available, I believe the lower-funded districts need further consideration at the first wave.”
Rep. Kevin Elsenheimer, R-Bellaire, (who has introduced a resolution that would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot asking to close the equity gap by 2018) took offense at a recent call by Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson for Chinese language classes to be added to all Oakland County schools, saying “Why is it that schools in some part of the state are adding things like Mandarin Chinese, when schools in rural parts of the state are having to cut, cut, cut, and are worried about even being able to offer athletics?”
Or (in the words of Grand Rapids Public Schools lobbyist Mike Pumford): “Every school district now must meet the same standards, and is held to the same level of accountability. They have to do the exact same thing, but the state is giving some districts $12,000 to $13,000 per pupil.”
Read Spending per student in public schools was supposed to even out under Proposal A. Why is it still unequal? (vanishes into the mists of the interweb in a week or so) and/or learn more from Citizens for Equity.