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ERIC Number: EJ1071869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Creating a Better Funding System for Michigan
Quinn, Daniel
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v23 n3 p264-268 2010
In 1994, Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative that transferred the power in Michigan's education system from local communities to the state. Proposal A succeeded in slowing the growth of local property taxes and narrowing the gap between the richest and poorest districts in Michigan. However, due to a decade of sluggish economic growth, revenue available to schools has deteriorated, placing strain on local school districts facing declining enrollment and expanded school choice. This commentary considers Michigan's current educational funding system, explores two recently released school finance reports, and offers recommendations for funding reform. The history of Michigan's Proposal A is explored along with the challenge of providing additional revenues in an anti-tax climate. The analysis and recommendations are relevant to states facing similar problems with regard to fostering funding adequacy and equity in public education.
Mid-Western Educational Research Association. P.O. Box 34421, Chicago, IL 60634-0421. Tel: 419-372-7401; Fax: 419-372-2828; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A