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MI School Aid Budget

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What is the MI School Aid Budget?

The Michigan School-Aid Budget allocates funding for public education bodies, including traditional public and charter schools. Funding is allocated on a per-pupil basis, but it isn't always equitable. Many charter school students and students who live in communities with higher levels of poverty receive LESS to support their education.

What does it mean to "close the gap?"

Each year, MAPSA (MI's Charter School Association), along with thousands of charter school advocates, works with elected officials to  ensure those students  funded the least (many of whom are charter students) see increases in funding at a higher rate than those students funded the most, so that over time, the gap between the highest-funded and lowest-funded districts "closes."

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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 equitably. 

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. 

HOW CAN WE MAKE CHANGE? 

Every year, MAPSA (MI's Charter School Association) along with the support of thousands of charter educators, parents and allies, advocates to "close the gap" by working in partnership with elected officials to ensure those students (many of whom are charter students) funded the least see increases in funding at a higher rate than those students funded the most, so that over time, the gap between the highest-funded and lowest-funded districts "closes." 

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