Advocates for more MI education spending ignore billions in other funds

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

A number of advocates for more state funding for K-12 public education are making claims about cuts, but they’re ignoring $2 billion in additional state education funding, which is as much as 30 percent of state funding for some school districts.

The $2 billion is not a part of the state foundation allowance.

Overall, 20 percent of state spending on education is spent via “categorical grants,” which is money districts receive in addition to their foundation allowance.

Outside of the foundation allowance, the state gives school districts money for special education, adult education, school lunch and then helps in offsetting the increasing cost of school employees’ pensions.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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