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.