Michigan’s divided government could find common ground around disadvantaged students (Chalkbeat)

By November 8, 2018Media Coverage

By Koby Levin of Chalkbeat

November 8, 2018

With Republicans solidly in control of the Michigan legislature, governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s education agenda may depend on finding a sliver of common ground with the opposite party.

That common ground, experts say, could be a bipartisan proposal to spend a greater portion of the education budget on disadvantaged students.

A barrage of studies in recent years have blamed inadequate funding in part for the state’s backsliding academic performance.

A common thread — endorsed by charter school advocates and appointees of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder as well as much of the Democratic establishment — is the idea that it costs more to educate disadvantaged students.

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