Study: Funding, class sizes not predictor of schools families choose

By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential

When given the opportunity, Michigan families choose schools where teachers were paid a little more but per-pupil spending was lower, according to a new Schools of Choice study.

On average, students tended to use Michigan’s Schools of Choice program to attend districts that had slightly higher student-to-teacher ratios, spent less per pupil and paid teachers more, according to the study done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. During the 2011-12 school year, students used schools of choice to attend districts that paid teachers about $1,000 more in salary.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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