Studies have found that school funding is uneven in Michigan.

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A new study echoes what researchers have been saying for years: Michigan’s school funding system is unfair to its most vulnerable students.

These students include low-income students, English language learners, and students with disabilities. The latest study, published in April 2023 by the New Jersey Education Law Center, found that it would take an average of $3,000 or more per student in additional funding for school districts in those districts’ lower-income areas to be considered adequately funded.

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But the Detroit Free Press has more questions. We want to get a better picture of what inequality in school funding looks like. Using the form below or by emailing [email protected], explain how funding affects your school, whether you are a parent, caregiver, student, teacher, administrator or community member.

Are your school materials up-to-date? Are the buildings safe and welcoming? What are the class sizes like? Does your child receive the federally mandated special education services outlined in his or her learning plan?

said Tanner Delber, study author and labor economist for the Michigan Educational Association.

The Education Law Center found that funding gaps were greatest in lower-income cities and rural areas, including the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Saginaw Public School District. Wealthier suburban areas saw smaller gaps.