The project began when the Kellogg Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Oakland Schools Education Foundation on June 30, 2016. The Purpose of the grant was to support the School Finance Research Project (the Project) and the formation of a Collaborative. The Collaborative would work to ensure that the needs of at-risk and vulnerable students were prioritized and elevated equitably in new revenue/funding formulas for public education by providing analysis of the 2016 state commissioned adequacy study for K-12 education in Michigan, and determining what steps should be taken to provide the most valid and reliable information on what it costs for all students to reach state standards for student achievement.
The School Finance Research Collaborative has completed Michigan’s first comprehensive school adequacy study, providing a roadmap to fixing Michigan’s broken school funding approach and making it fair for all students.
What does it cost to educate a child?