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DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2017
Discussions about school funding can create more confusion than clarity. Each state has its own intricacies and peculiarities. Michigan is no exception. Funding flows down from different sources, often based on different formulas and intended for different purposes. There's no one unified system that controls school funding -- rather, schools rely…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Taxes, Grants, School Districts
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
This brief examines the series of events that led to the Highland Park school district being converted to a system of charter public schools in 2012. Used as a strategy to help the district eliminate its large fiscal debt while still providing resident students with a local public school option, Highland Park's charter conversion is one of the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Finance
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
In this latest installment of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's new "Schools of Innovation" series, we discuss how Berrien Springs school district is reinventing public school. This study examines how the district has become more racially diverse, enrollment is growing rapidly, and they are using that growth to inject some much…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, School Districts, Student Diversity
Van Beek, Michael; Bowen, Daniel; Mills, Jonathan – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2012
Assessing a high school's effectiveness is not straightforward. Comparing a school's standardized test scores to those of other schools is one approach to measuring effectiveness, but a major objection to this method is that students' test scores tend to be related to students' "socioeconomic" status--family household income, for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Lunch Programs, Income
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2011
In the passionate debates over providing equal educational opportunity for all children, it's frequently argued that large financial inequities create challenges for many public schools, particularly those in lower-income urban areas. This study compares the revenues and operating expenditures of Michigan's urban, suburban, town and rural school…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Schools, Expenditures, Municipalities
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2010
Michigan's state-run school system is the largest and most expensive government service taxpayers support. It employs more than 350,000 people who work in one of the more than 4,100 different entities. The total amount this system expends each year adds up to more than $20 billion. Given the enormity and complexity of the system, it's no surprise…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Misconceptions, Audits (Verification), Operations Research
Olson, Ryan S.; LaFaive, Michael D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
The system that finances Michigan's schools from kindergarten through 12th grade is a perennial topic of conversation among policymakers, parents, taxpayers and voters. A constructive discussion of this issue, however, requires a sound knowledge of the financial workings of Michigan's elementary and secondary school system. This knowledge is…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Agencies, Public Schools, Money Management
McBeath, Angus – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
This publication is a transcript of Superintendent Angus McBeath's presentation to legislators and media at an Issues and Ideas Forum hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Lansing, Michigan. McBeath discusses education reform in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, including: (1) Basic Elements of Reform; (2) School Employee Union Involvement;…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Unions, Educational Quality