Policy org studies declining enrollment, school funding, suggests changes

Jan 15, 2015

Current State host Mark Bashore, with Craig Thiel (right) of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Educators in schools all over Michigan will take a head count of their students next month to determine their slice of the state funding pie. Michigan currently spends more than $7,000 each year per student. A new report  from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan suggests lawmakers should alter its per pupil allocation system to reflect the reality of steady declines in  enrollments.

The report indicates the drop is a product of factors both within and outside each school district’s control.

Current State talks with Craig Thiel, the senior research associate with the CRC.