Michigan Schools Overhaul Faces Fight

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A plan to overhaul Michigan's public education funding system came under sharp scrutiny Monday, as educators, state lawmakers and parents got their first glimpse at the proposed changes.

The Michigan Public Education Finance Project proposes multiple revisions, from how students are counted for state aid, to allowing funding for each pupil to be shared by districts, depending on where a child takes courses.

The proposal, requested by Gov. Rick Snyder, calls for expanding online learning and removing school district "ownership" of students and letting them take their minimum $6,900 a year in state aid to other public schools.

But critics said the plan will draw aid away from the neediest schools instead of adding resources to help them boost achievement. They said public schools will crumble as money flows to for-profit companies.

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