October 18, 2016
Michigan will spend nearly $100 million this year to support the education of nonpublic school students, up from $57 million just four years ago. A new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan documents the increase participation in “shared time” arrangements across the state – a program that allows public schools to enroll private school students in non-core classes and claim state funding.
The Research Council is releasing an update to its 2014 report, State Support of Nonpublic School Students, a comprehensive analysis of the history and a legal examination of the “shared time” program. This update is timely in light of a new $2.5 million appropriation contained in the 2016-17 School Aid budget to reimburse private schools for the cost of compliance with state health and safety mandates.