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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
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