When is a constitutional amendment not an amendment? When it’s a ‘general revision.’ It’s an important distinction this election year.

In a nutshell A citizen-led constitutional amendment to change Michigan’s redistricting process is aiming to get on the November 2018 ballot. The proposal has been challenged in court on the same grounds that prevented the 2008 Reform Michigan Governmen...

Hope springs eternal for the Detroit Public School District, at least its financial future

In a nutshell Detroit Public Schools Community District proposed budget for 2018-19 is balanced and grows year-end fund balance Student enrollment is held constant after enrollment gains in current-year from closure of 11 Education Achievement Authority s...

Public Act 51 – The ‘Third Rail’ of Michigan’s Pothole Crisis

In a nutshell Because of Michigan’s harsh winter and historical under-funding, roads across the state are crumbling before our eyes. Next week Governor Snyder will sign a bill to send an additional $175 million in one-time funds to state and local roads...

In an otherwise flat budget proposal, some good news for schools

In a nutshell: Slow growth is the new normal Stronger economy = more sales tax revenue = more money for schools Some fresh cash for road repairs, but at the General Fund’s expense Governor Rick Snyder officially kicked off the state budget process b...

In Michigan, ‘no public aid to private schools’ means ‘no state tax break for your 529’

In a nutshell: Federal tax reform expands 529 college savings plans to include private K-12 tuition Michigan’s state constitution prohibits public aid to private schools Michigan families will not receive state tax breaks for saving for private K-12...

Charter School Enrollment Projected to Decline, First Time in 21 Years

While enrollment growth in Michigan’s public charter schools has leveled off in recent years, updated estimates for the current school year show that total charter school enrollment in the state will experience its first decline since charters were auth...

Public School Teacher Pay Relative to Personal Income in Michigan

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While the average pay for teachers in Michigan has declined for several years, using a ratio of teacher pay relative to personal income to standardize across states shows that Michigan teachers are the highest paid in the nation in relative terms. Recent ...