Key facts & dates

Charter schools are doing amazing things for kids - and we want that to be reflected in the funding they receive. Use this information to help us achieve equitable funding for ALL students. 

 What are the facts?

Despite an average 20% less funding per pupil, Michigan charter schools are succeeding.

36%

Higher RETURN ON INVESTMENT  compared to traditional public schools. That's an average $2.63 increase per dollar spent.

$2,782

Or 20% LESS. That's how much, on average, Michigan charter schools recieve compared to traditional public schools.

32%

More EFFICIENT. The average charter school is over 30% more efficient than traditional public schools in the same city.

Key Dates

The 2019-2020 School-Aid Budget cycle is a critical time to ensure lawmakers hear from real charter parents, educators and avocates. Don't miss these key dates.

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Budget Presentation

Early March 2019

At this time, the Governor  introduces the initial 2019 State Budget. The State Budget Director will then provide a broad overview in the various budget categories, such as education.

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K12 School-Aid Subcommittee Hearings

March-April 2019

The K12 School-Aid Subcommittee will commence hearings, during which the Chair of the subcommittee discusses topics that impact various education topics as they consider funding. These hearings will run through mid March.

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First Budgets

April 2019

The Michigan House and Senate will pass their First Budgets, which include their priorities, respectively, for school aid funding.

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Estimating Revenue Conference

May-June 2019

During the Estimating Revenue Conference, lawmakers create budget targets which are reviewed by conference committees on the school-aid budget.

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Finalizing budget details

Late June 2019

Budget details are worked out in school aid conference committees for the final budget process.

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Passage of conference reports

Early Summer 2019

Taking the details established in the school-aid committees at the Estimating Revenue Conference, the final budget reports are passed by the House and the Senate.

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Official signing of the Budget

Late Summer 2019

The Governor signs the final 2018 State Budget into effect.

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We compared public school performance, charter & traditional, by area - see for yourself how charters excel.

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State Rep. Kristy Pagan thinks its OK to equate your child to stealing. Share this video & tell her to STOP.

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In a short and simple video, we break down the funding equity issue, and how it impacts charter schools.

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A recent study finds that charter schools are succeeding despite lower funding - share the report!

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Learn more about Michigan's charters

Michigan's charter schools are driving innovation and success across the state. Find out what makes charters so unique, and how they are fostering positive results for students and families.

About MI charters

 Lawmakers use misinformation to attack charters

“Bills that support increasing funding for charters would take away millions of dollars meant for our traditional public schools and put it right in the pockets of companies trying to profit off our kids’ education.”
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Darrin Camilleri
State Representative, District 23

“Charter schools are simply stealing our hard-earned tax dollars, which are meant to educate our students in traditional public schools.”
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Kristy Pagan
State Representative, District 21

“Charter schools don't have the costs of operating a bus system or special education programs, and arent' held to the same accountability or performance standards. So why do they need more funds?"
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Curtis Hertel
State Senator, District 25