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DeAngelis, Corey; DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2018
The appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary of the United States has led to much debate across the nation about public charter schools. Opponents of charter schools typically argue that these schools fail if their average standardized test scores do not exceed those of traditional, district-run schools. These types of comparisons,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Benefits, School Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
Michigan's School Aid fund increased once more this year, but many school administrators in the state continue to hunt for effective measures to reduce spending due to increased pension costs and phased-out stimulus money. Many options available for trimming costs, such as enacting pay-to-play for sports, are extremely unpopular for districts and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, School Districts, Privatization
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
This study examines the use of Schools of Choice throughout Michigan over the last decade. Nearly 100,000 Michigan students use Schools of Choice to attend a school outside of the district in which they live. Participation has grown steadily, with enrollment growing by 144 percent over the past 10 years. This study finds that students enter…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Student Participation, Enrollment Rate
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2011
Virtual learning is not for every student, but it's not science fiction, either. Right now in Michigan, it's being used by thousands of students in hundreds of virtual courses in urban, rural and suburban school districts. In fact, Michigan has been seen as a national leader in virtual learning. This study analyzes the financial costs and academic…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Finance, Program Costs, Academic Achievement
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2011
Michigan school districts face tough choices allocating their resources to provide students with an education. Despite increased spending in Michigan schools, school boards regularly have to find ways to trim expenses, and sometimes that means lowering employment benefits, eliminating positions and other moves that few school board members enjoy.…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Districts, Privatization, Student Transportation
Hohman, James M.; Anderson, Dustin D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2010
Privatization of support services has been a method that Michigan school districts have used for several years to lower costs. More than ever before, Michigan school districts are privatizing the three main support services they offer--food, custodial and transportation. The annual survey finds that 48.8 percent of Michigan school districts are…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Districts, Privatization, Student Transportation
Hohman, James M.; Imhoff, Eric R. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2009
With Michigan's public school districts facing a decline in per-pupil funding, more districts are contracting out for at least one of the three major school support services--food, custodial and transportation--than ever before. This year's survey of school districts found that 44.6 percent of all Michigan school districts contract out for at…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Counties, Unions, State Legislation
Hohman, James M.; Freeland, William L. E. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2008
Privatization of school support services is a time-tested means for lowering educational costs. The three major services that school districts in Michigan contract out for are food, custodial and transportation. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's survey of privatization is the longest running and most comprehensive source of school support…
Descriptors: Counties, Unions, State Legislation, Competition
Coulson, Andrew J. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
This study empirically tests the notion that consolidating smaller public school districts will save taxpayers money. Multiple regression analyses are employed to analyze the relationship between district size and per-pupil expenditures in the state of Michigan, focusing on the five most recent school years for which data are available. The…
Descriptors: Expenditure per Student, Public Schools, Educational Finance, School Districts
Smith, Daniel J.; LaFaive, Michael D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
From April 25 through June 30, 2007, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy conducted its fifth survey of the privatization of bus, food and janitorial services among Michigan's 552 conventional public school districts. All Michigan school districts responded. In 2007, the Mackinac Center also conducted a nationwide survey of state education…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Food Service, School Districts, Privatization
LaFaive, Michael D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
The landscape of public education in Michigan has changed dramatically over the last 13 years. Most districts receive a majority of their operating money from state government, not local taxes. Charter schools and nearby districts lure students away from local schools and capture the state money that goes with them. Districts are even subject to…
Descriptors: Privatization, Educational Finance, School Districts, Public Education