History of School Funding for Public Schools – Dearborn

HISTORY OF SCHOOL FUNDING IN MICHIGAN

HISTORY OF SCHOOL FUNDING IN MICHIGAN

Going back as far as 1963, schools were primarily funded at the local level.  Local school districts held elections, which determined the millage rate for property taxes that would fund the school system.  On average, districts received 69% of their funding from local sources and 31% from State sources.  This meant that funding for districts varied considerably, ranging from a high of over $10,000 per student to a low of only $3,398.

Between 1963 and 1994 there were over 12 ballot proposals to change the way schools were funded, but none passed.  In 1994 however, Proposal A passed and it fundamentally changed the way schools were funded.  The majority of school funding is now funneled through the State Foundation Allowance and other categorical allowances, while a limited amount of funding continues to come from local sources.

 

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