MAPSA Statement on State Budget

LANSING, Michigan (June 8, 2017) – Below is a statement from Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. A House-Senate conference committee today reported out an appropriations bill that includes the so-called “2x” formula for school funding. Under the 2x formula, the lowest-funded schools in the state – which includes every charter school – will receive double the per-pupil increase ($120 per pupil) than higher-funded schools ($60 per pupil).

The bill now needs to be passed by the full House and Senate and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“We’re pleased that the Legislature continues to close the equity gap that exists between lower-funded and higher-funded schools,” Quisenberry said. “MAPSA fought hard for this, so we’re pleased to see that the legislators who supported this share our belief that every child should be valued equally. While this is a positive step toward closing the gap, as long as a gap still exists, MAPSA remains committed to closing it.”