Michigan plans overhaul of previous state education funding act
- A proposed Michigan Public Education Finance Act would change Michigan's K-12 education system by letting students choose school districts, make greater use of online learning and earn as much as $2,500 per semester for finishing high school early.
- A draft has been prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder, and the bill--which would replace Michigan's School Aid Act of 1979 and allow learning at "any time, any place, any way and at any pace"--is expected to be included in Snyder's budget presentation in February.
- The governor's advisers say the main goal in overhauling the previous education funding law is to create "career-ready citizens," but educators feel the new bill will eliminate local control of schools, create a voucher system that benefits for-profit companies and lower academic achievement.
From the article:
A draft bill prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder would fundamentally change K-12 education in Michigan, allowing students to choose school districts, make greater use of online learning and earn financial incentives of $2,500 per semester for completing high school early. The proposed Michigan Public Education Finance Act would replace the School Aid Act of 1979, the law that governs education funding, and provide for learning at “any time, any place, any way and at any pace,” said Richard McLellan, the Lansing attorney Snyder tapped to lead a rewrite of the law on how Michigan pays for education. ...
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