#MASSPchat - How Much Does It Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?

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The Topic: How Much Does It Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?

The Michigan School Finance Collaborative recently released an extensive report that outlines how much it really costs to educate a child. The report takes into account a wide variety of factors in its findings such as poverty, special education, English Language Learners, CTE, transportation and wrap around services just to name a few. Let's discuss some of the key points outlined in the report this week.

Here is a link to a short video overview about the work of the Collaborative: https://youtu.be/VcMdFMf8ACQ

Here is a fact sheet overview of the findings: http://mymassp.com/files/SFRC_Fact_Sheet.PDF

The Questions:

  • Q1 (Mon): The report proposes that base per-pupil funding should be $9,590 and indicates weights should be applied for various factors. What are your thoughts on this in concept? #masspchat
  • Q2 (Tues): Weighted areas include: poverty, ELL, WIDA, special ed, CTE, preschool, and isolated schools. Are there other factors that you feel should be considered for weighting? #masspchat
  • Q3 (Wed): In part, the study used a prototype school that had appropriate staff ratios, student supports, educators supports, and services (e.g. electives, field trips, etc.) and determined cost based on the model. Which elements of this model are most needed in your building? #masspchat
  • Q4 (Thurs): In a number of national assessment measures Michigan ranks in the bottom 5% of states in terms of student performance. What role does funding play in achievement? #masspchat
  • Q5 (Fri): What do you think the education community should do to promote/support the recommendations of the School Finance Collaborative? #masspchat
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