The report says Michigan has cut per-pupil K-12 funding by 7.5 percent since 2008.
According to the Michigan League for Public Policy, the cuts have already had a negative impact on the state’s education system.”We have a state that is still lagging in the number of students who are reading by third grade.
We still don’t have the high school [graduation] rates that we want,” said League CEO Gilda Jacobs. Jacobs said education funding is directly connected to the state’s economic recovery.
“If we want to have a strong, educated workforce, then we’re really going to have to front-load our system and put money into the K-12 education system,” Jacobs said.
The League is calling on lawmakers to invest more in per-pupil funding, work harder to close racial disparities in education, and reevaluate its school funding formula.