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ERIC Number: ED611070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
The Time Is Now: COVID-19 and Fair Funding
Grech, Mary
Education Trust-Midwest
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan families and educators are worried about their students' unfinished learning, while state- and district-level leaders face unprecedented decisions to safely prepare for the fall and address the potentially devastating impact of the public health and economic crises on education. Tragically, Michigan is already among the worst states in the country for equitable funding. For the future prosperity of Michigan and the success of students, Michigan must commit to becoming a more equitable education state, rather than worsening the gaps between Michigan's rich and poor districts --and further limiting opportunities for the most vulnerable children. This report lays out how Michigan can do that in three key ways: (1) Prioritize investment in public education over other areas of the budget, including by reversing decisions to divert money from the School Aid Fund; (2) Protect funding for vulnerable students, including by ensuring any state budget cuts, if necessary, are done fairly and equitably; and (3) Ensure transparency and accountability by making a real commitment to have dollars reach the children for whom they are intended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust-Midwest
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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