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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.

How does MAPSA assist with the budget?

Each year, MAPSA (MI's Charter School Association), along with thousands of charter school advocates, works with elected officials to ensure that charter students are funded equally and fight for facility funding through local bonds and milage. 

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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. 


  • 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. 
  • Charters don't receive facility funding through local bond and millage revenue. 
  • The FY 23 budget included $475 million additional funding for only traditional public schools for facilities funding that charter schools are prohibited from accessing. This is on top of local bond and millage money traditional schools already have exclusive access to.


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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