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MI School Aid Budget

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The Details

Gov. Whitmer's FY 2021 Budget included some key points for MI charter students: 

  • A $225 increase in the foundational allowance for charter schools, for a total of $8,336 per charter student
  • An increase in funding for at-risk students

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ACT NOW: tell legislators to support students EQUALLY

MI charter schools are creating exciting educational opportunities for students across the state - and they deserve equitable funding to support that work. The FY 2021 Budget has serious gaps for charter students - and we need your help to make it right. 

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Public schools are the beating heart of our communities - but often, community members, elected officials and local media don't include charters in that group. As public education stakeholders, we have to build up those relationships and solidify our schools as critical community pillars.

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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.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS? 

  • 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.

WHAT ARE THE FY 2021 DETAILS?

  • A $225 increase in the foundational allowance for all charter schools, for a total of $8,336 per charter student 
  • A $60M increase in additional funding for at-risk students, including those with special needs, English language learners and those who are economically disadvantaged
  • $25M in new funding to reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket supply costs, for a total of $250 per teacher 
  • $42M to expand preschool services through ISD's - this EXCLUDES charter schools by definition 
  • A 20% cut to foundation allowance for cyber CHARTER schools (no cuts are made to virtual programs run through traditional districts)
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Tell your lawmakers to support students EQUITABLY!  

In just 60 seconds, email your lawmakers regarding the FY 2021 School Aid Budget.
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