A photo of several students at the 2018 National School Choice Week celebration at the Lansing Capitol building.

Lawmakers are voting on public education spending

And charter school students are in the line of fire.

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A photo of several female students performing a traditional African dance at MAPSA's 2017 Charter School Symposium.
A photo of charter school alumni, Zach Jodoin, outside Bahweting Charter School in Sault Ste. Marie.
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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.


  • 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. 

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During the school-aid budget process, many legislators utilize this misinformation to argue against equal funidng for charters. 


Academic performance

MYTH: Charter schools don't have to follow the same state-mandated testing standards, and often underperform when compared with traditional district schools.

FACT: Charter schools follow the exact same state-mandated testing standards, which can be found on the Parent Transparency Dashboard. In many cases, they outpeform their traditional counterparts. 



MYTH: Charters don't provide students the same extracurricular opportunities they could get at a district school, including athletics, art, theater and college prep. 

FACT: Many charters offer specialized learning opportunities that allow students to pursue their passions. In athletics, charters continue to show growth, even capturing state titles. 


School services

MYTH: Charter schools don't provide key school services like special education, transportation, athletics, etc., and as such they don't need equitable funding to traditional district schools. 

FACT: Many charter schools provide busing services for students, advanced special education services and athletics/extracurricular facilities, meaning they do so currently without eqaul funds. 

A photo of MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry during the 2018 Charters Make a Difference Initiative.

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