MAPSA Works to Get Charters FY 14 State Aid Increase
After many months of hard work with both legislative chambers, MAPSA is pleased to report that every charter school in Michigan will be receiving at least $58 per student more next year under the conference report for the School Aid budget approved by the legislature today. Some of the proposals on the table would have resulted in a state aid decrease of $36 per pupil for our schools, and we fought hard to make sure that didn’t happen. We were also successful in eliminating language that would have decreased funding for schools that offer 100% online programs.
Barring any vetoes, the equity gap will again narrow between the lowest- and highest-funded districts, and all charter schools will receive an increase in funding for next year. Here is the breakdown for the per-pupil increases in the Foundation Allowance:
Lowest-Funded Charter (minimum foundation allowance)
FY 14: $7,076
Includes $60 foundation allowance increase and a $50 equity payment.
FY 13: $6,966
GAIN = $110
Highest-Funded Charter (PSA maximum)
FY 14: $7,168
Includes $58 foundation allowance increase
FY 13: $7,110
GAIN = $58
Potential additional increases:
- $52 per pupil in Best Practices funds (requirements similar to last year)
- Up to $100 per pupil in performance funding
- Schools that participate in MPSERS will continue to receive an additional offset for that obligation, but reduced by approximately 35% in lieu of increased Foundation Allowance payments
Click here for a breakdown of the budget impact on each school.
Work Continues on Common Core State Standards
The Legislature has reviewed proposals lately related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. They have put an amendment into the budget that would prohibit the Michigan Department of Education from expending any funds to implement Common Core State Standards or the Smarter Balance assessment without legislative approval. MAPSA does not support lowering standards for students and believes strongly that Michigan’s children need and deserve high standards to be competitive in a global economy.
We are aware the MDE sent out a memo about this on Tuesday, and we wanted to point out a few important details:
- This does not stop schools from moving forward in implementing the standards into their curriculum. It does not withdraw Michigan from the consortium working in the assessments or from the adoption of the standards. It merely prohibits expenditures from the MDE to implement them.
- Also, the budget bill does not go into effect until October 1, 2013 – thus, the MDE can continue to work on the standards and assessments at least until then.
MAPSA will continue to work with legislators and allies to get legislative approval before October 1, 2013. In the meantime, we will assess the impact and hope to get more information out soon about next steps, but there is no immediate need to change courses in your schools when it comes to Common Core, as this could be reinstated.
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