LANSING, Michigan – Below is a statement from Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. It’s in response to today’s budget proposal by Gov. Rick Snyder. The budget includes a proposal that students in certain grades and certain types of innovative schools will receive less per-pupil funding.
“All students deserve to be funded equitably, no matter what type of innovative school their parents have chosen for them,” Quisenberry said. “We need to fund kids and not institutions. A child certainly shouldn’t be punished because they’re in an innovative school that works best for them.
“Funding institutions based on cost stifles innovation, and we’ve seen unmistakably that innovation is what leads to greater student achievement. We need to keep our focus on student outcomes, not funding institutions.”