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2019 MI School Aid Budget

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Gov. Whitmer slashes charter funding with veto

Despite the legislature passing the 2019 MI School Aid Budget with a $240 per-pupil increase for charter school students, Gov. Whitmer issued a devastating blow by vetoing this funding increase. This veto ONLY impacts charter students, while district students get their increase.


ACT NOW: tell the Gov. to restore charter funding

MI charter schools are creating exciting educational opportunities for students across the state - and they deserve equitable funding to support that work. No student should be worth any less. Tell Gov. Whitmer and your local lawmakers to restore the charter per-pupil increase.


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With her veto, Gov. Whitmer is telling over 150,000 charter school students that they don't deserve equitable funding to support their education. Spread the word and encourage charter parents, educators and advocates alike to speak up & help drive change.



What is the Michigan School-Aid Budget?

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The Michigan School-Aid Budget allocates funding for public education bodies, including traditional public and charter schools. While both entities provide 100% free and public education options to families across the state, charters schools and traditional public schools are NOT funded equally.


  • On average, Michigan charter schools receive about $2,782 or 20% LESS per pupil than traditional public schools. 
  • The average charter school is 32% more cost effective than the average traditional public school located in the same city. 
  • The average charter school generates an average 36% higher return on investment per every dollar it spends than traditional public schools.


Despite the clear funding disparity, and the increased efficiency of charters, many legislators advocate AGAINST equitable funding from charters, as well as spread dangerous misinformation about to the public on key issues like academic performance, extracurricular activies, special education and charter teachers. Despite the legislature passing the 2019 MI School Aid Budget with a $240 per-pupil increase for charter school students, Governor Whitmer used a devastating veto to cut this funding - while keeping in place funding for traditional district students. Act now to tell her, and your local lawmakers, that this is NOT ok. 


Tell your lawmakers to restore funding for MI charters

With a devastating veto, Gov. Whitmer has slashed the $240/per-pupil increase for CHARTERS ONLY.
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