Statement by MCCSA Executive Director Jared Burkhart regarding Adequacy Study

Please attribute the following statement to Jared Burkhart, Executive Director, Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, regarding Adequacy Study:

“The funding study released today shows the long standing position of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers that there should be more equity between the highest funded and lowest funded students. We will continue to work with the legislature to continue to close the public school funding gap to ensure every student is provided with the same funding allowance.

It is very encouraging to see that longstanding programs that charter schools have used to further academic success are now being embraced by this report. Successful academic strategies such as allowing special education students to participate in general education classes and extending the school day have been a staple in charter schools for many years. This study proves that innovative programs that have been perfected within the charter school setting increases the educational opportunities for students while getting the most out of taxpayer funding.

However, the study fails to obtain the broad perspective of all public schools. Charter schools continue to provide more educational opportunities with less funding. The state must recognize the unjust burden placed upon some public schools when per pupil funds must be stretched to cover building costs in charter schools.  This study shows that by following the innovative thinking that charter schools have put in place for the past 20 years, all schools can provide quality opportunities within the current funding structure.”

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