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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
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
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
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
Vedder, Richard; Denhart, Matthew – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
State universities in Michigan argue that they have been starved for money and that falling real appropriations from the state legislature have jeopardized the quality of higher education. They contend that this has resulted in a loss of competitiveness for Michigan at a time when the state faces economic stagnation caused by globalization's…
Descriptors: State Universities, Educational Finance, State Aid, Income