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Rise & Shine: Study says Michigan is ‘dead last’ for school funding growth

Good morning!

For years, I’ve heard Michigan educators argue that lawmakers were shortchanging schools by not properly funding them.

Sure, we’re getting funding increases, they would say. But they would immediately counter that those increases weren’t keeping pace with inflation.

So you can imagine how many of them felt Wednesday when Michigan State University researchers released a study that reached this conclusion:

Michigan saw the steepest decline in school funding in the nation over the last quarter century, when adjusted for inflation.

You can read my story here. And read on for the rest of the big headlines from Michigan and beyond, including two important pieces from Koby on early childhood education, and the results of an annual ranking of state charter school laws.

And enjoy your Thursday!

Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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DEAD LAST Many school leaders applauded the findings of MSU’s school funding study, saying they hope it’s a wake-up call to lawmakers. But there were critics, including an official from a free market think tank who told the Detroit News that the authors used “unconventional and unrealistic methods to paint a misleading picture of the state of education funding in Michigan.” Chalkbeat Detroit News Detroit Free Press Bridge Michigan Radio

PARENT SACRIFICE These parents traveled to Lansing this week to lobby lawmakers about the need to improve early childhood education Chalkbeat

DETROIT WINS SILVER A study comparing pre-kindergarten options in major U.S. cities gave Detroit high marks. But there’s a problem. Chalkbeat

BENEFITTING CHARTERS Michigan moved up on a national ranking thanks to a charter-friendly move from state lawmakers. Chalkbeat

TRANSPARENCY DATA The state education department has posted updated data for its tool that allows parents — and the community — to search for all kinds of information about individual Michigan schools. MDE MI School Data

ONLINE CHARTER SCANDAL The founder of an online charter school in Michigan has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000. MLive

TEACHERS STRIKE The strike in Los Angeles may be over, but a new one is on the way in another big U.S. city. Chalkbeat

FLINT SCREENINGS Universal health screenings are underway for children affected by the city’s water crisis. Detroit News

PRE-K FOR ALL Detroit’s mayor reiterated his push for universal pre-kindergarten programs for children in the city. Detroit News

LUNCH WOES Leaders in some Michigan schools are worried that the federal shutdown will soon affect their ability to provide federally-funded meals to needy students. WILX

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM Michigan schools are dealing with the far-reaching consequences of chronic absenteeism. NBC25

COMPETING FOR YOUTH Twenty-one teams will be competing for seed money to support their ideas for helping children of color Skillman Foundation

SUMMER TRAINING The Henry Ford museum is now accepting applications from teachers for a summer workshop in which teachers will spend a week exploring the museum while learning from top scholars. The Henry Ford