5 must-know facts about the 2018 Michigan School-Aid Budget

Posted by Grace Noyola on March 13, 2018

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, charter schools and traditional public schools are NOT funded equally. The good news: we can get involved in the 2018 School-Aid Budget to have impact. Use these key facts to stay informed and share your voice today.

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The funding gap between charter schools and traditional public schools is not small; it’s a nearly $3,000 per student difference. This means that charters get fewer dollars to spend on facilities, field trips, school supplies and more. Learn more.

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Even with less funding per student, charter schools have found innovative ways to provide excellent education. From forging relationships with local businesses, to getting their communities involved with school supply donations, charters do more with less. Learn more.

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The quickest way to have impact on this issue is by directly contacting your lawmaker and demanding equitable funding for ALL students. One voice cannot close the equity gap, but our collective voices can. Contact your lawmaker now.

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Lawmakers who oppose equitable funding use a negative, and often aggressive, message to their constituents and fellow legislators. They say that charter schools don’t provide special programs, don’t serve special education populations, don’t provide transportation and more - and for these reasons, charters don’t deserve equal funding. We know that simply isn’t true. Get the facts here.

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You can also engage your legislators by visiting Lansing at the 2018 Charter Day at the Capitol. Join hundreds of charter parents, educators and students to celebrate charters and spread awareness amongst lawmakers. Sign up now.

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Topics: School Funding, Budget, Charter Schools, Michigan, Facts, Equitable Funding