Michigan Education Association complains of ‘insufficient funds’

By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential

How much money does it cost to educate a student? According to the Michigan Education Association, the answer is always the same: “more.”

Despite the facts, the union claims that Michigan’s schools are in dire straits due to a lack of adequate funding. But records show that the MEA and allied groups have been making these same claims for years — during good times and bad, and under Republican and Democratic governors.

In spite of its one-state recession throughout most of the 2001-2010 decade, Michigan still ranks 23rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per-pupil spending, and 8th when adjusted for per capita income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nonetheless, the MEA and its allies maintain year after year that Michigan’s education system is suffering from insufficient funding.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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