Public education in Michigan
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- 1 State agencies
- 2 Regional comparison
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Academic performance
- 5 Educational choice options
- 6 Education funding and expenditures
- 7 Organizations
- 8 Taxpayer-funded lobbying
- 9 Transparency
- 10 Studies and reports
- 11 Issues
- 12 School districts
- 13 Education ballot measures
- 14 Recent news
- 15 See also
- 16 External links
- 17 References
List of school districts in Michigan
Public education in Michigan
School board elections portal
|“||Through leadership, policy implementation, and light-of-day reporting, the Michigan Department of Education will increase full-time, full-access systems of education that support success for every student.||”|
The Michigan Department of Education is led by the State Superintendent. The State Superintendent is appointed by the Michigan State Board of Education. The current State Superintendent is Mike Flanagan.
The State Board of Education is composed of eight members elected at-large in partisan elections to eight-year terms of office.
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Michigan State Board of Education adopted the standards on June 15, 2010. Full implementation took place during the 2012-2013 academic year.
- See also: General comparison table for education statistics in the 50 states
- See also: Education spending per pupil in all 50 states
The following chart shows how Michigan compares to three neighboring states with respect to the total numbers of schools, districts and students in the state, along with the number of teachers per pupil, the number of administrators per pupil and the amount of spending per pupil. Further comparisons between these states with respect to performance and financial information are given in other sections of this page.
|State||Schools||Districts||Students||Teachers||Teacher/pupil ratio||Administrator/pupil ratio||Per pupil spending|
| Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey," 2011-12 v.1a.|
National Center for Education Statistics, Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Michigan as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Michigan's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||1,347||0.09%||0.42%|
|Two or more||34,975||2.22%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States who are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
Enrollments by region type
A plurality of students in Michigan attend suburban schools. Approximately 64 percent of the state's students attend city or suburban schools, compared to approximately 36 percent who attend rural or town schools.
|Student distribution by region type, 2011 - 2012 (as percents)|
|State||City schools||Suburban schools||Town schools||Rural schools|
|Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD) (timed out)|
- See also: NAEP scores by state
The National Center for Education Statistics provides state-by-state data on student achievement levels in mathematics and reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Compared to three neighboring states (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin), Michigan had the smallest share of students (both fourth- and eighth-graders) who scored at or above proficient in math and reading.
|Percent of students scoring at or above proficient, 2012-2013|
|Math - Grade 4||Math - Grade 8||Reading - Grade 4||Reading - Grade 8|
|Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014|
|NAEP assessment data for all students 2012-2013|
Graduation, ACT and SAT scores
|Comparison table for graduation rates and test scores*|
|State||Graduation rate, 2012||Average ACT Composite, 2012||Average SAT Composite, 2013|
|Percent||Quintile ranking**||Score||Participation rate||Score||Participation rate|
| *Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Rate (except for Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma, which did not report “Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate,” but instead used their own method of calculation).|
**Graduation rates for states in the first quintile ranked in the top 20 percent nationally. Similarly, graduation rates for states in the fifth quintile ranked in the bottom 20 percent nationally.
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express
- See also: Public high school dropout rates by state for a full comparison of dropout rates by group in all states
The high school event dropout rate indicates the proportion of students who were enrolled at some time during the school year and were expected to be enrolled in grades 9–12 in the following school year but were not enrolled by October 1 of the following school year. Students who have graduated, transferred to another school, died, moved to another country, or who are out of school due to illness are not considered dropouts. The average public high school event dropout rate for the United States remained constant at 3.3 percent for both SY 2010–11 and SY 2011–12. The event dropout rate for Michigan was higher than the national average at 7.2 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, and 6.9 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.
Educational choice options
- See also: School choice in Michigan
School choice options in Michigan include charter schools, inter-district and intra-district open enrollment policies, and online learning programs. In addition, about 8.05 percent of school age children in the state attended private schools in the 2011-12 academic year, and an estimated 2.67 percent were homeschooled in 2012-13.
Education funding and expenditures
- See also: Michigan state budget and finances
According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the state spent approximately 27.2 percent of its fiscal year 2012 budget on elementary and secondary education. As a share of the budget, this is down 2.30 percentage points, or 7.8 percent, from fiscal year 2008, when the state spent 29.5 percent of its budget on elementary and secondary education.
|Comparison of financial figures for school systems|
|State||Percent of budget (2012)||Per pupil spending (2011)||Revenue sources (2011)|
|Percent federal funds||Percent state funds||Percent local funds|
| Sources: NASBO, "State Expenditure Report," Table 8: Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures As a Percent of Total Expenditures |
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011, Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system revenues in Michigan totaled approximately $19.5 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including revenue sources, for Michigan and surrounding states.
|Revenues by source, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)|
|Federal revenue||State revenue||Local revenue||Total revenue|
|Source: National Center for Education Statistics|
|Public school revenues by source, FY 2011 (as percents)|
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system expenditures in Michigan totaled approximately $19.3 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including expenditure types, for Michigan and surrounding states.
|Expenditures by type, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)|
|Current expenditures**||Capital outlay||Other***||Total expenditures|
| **Funds spent operating local public schools and local education agencies, including such expenses as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay, interest on school debt, payments to private schools, and payments to public charter schools.|
***Includes payments to state and local governments, payments to private schools, interest on school system indebtedness, and nonelementary-secondary expenditures, such as adult education and community services expenditures.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
|Public school expenditures, FY 2011 (as percents)|
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national salary for classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools has declined by 1.3 percent from the 1999-2000 school year to the 2012-2013 school year. During the same period in Michigan, the average salary decreased by 8.2 percent.
|Estimated average salaries for teachers (in constant dollars**)|
|**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."|
In 2012 the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now assessed the power and influence of state teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their rankings were based on 37 different variables in five broad areas, including resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies and perceived influence. Michigan ranked 16th overall, or "strong," which was in the second of five tiers.
The main unions related to the Michigan school system are the Michigan Education Association (MEA), an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), and AFT Michigan, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). MEA is the largest education association in the state. For the 2003 tax period MEA had $73.26 million in total revenue, $67.07 million in total expenses and $52.27 million in total assets. For the same period, AFT Michigan had $3.67 million in total revenue, $3.69 million in total expenses and $2.29 million in total assets.
List of local Michigan school unions:
- Michigan Education Association
- AFT Michigan
- Grand Rapids Education Association
- Utica Education Association
- Lansing Schools Education Association
- Livonia Education Association
- Plymouth Canton Education Association
- Walled Lake Education Association
- Farmington Education Association
- See also: Michigan government sector lobbying
The main education government sector lobbying organizations are the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute. MichiganTransparency.org, a project of the Mackinac Center, features revenue and spending data for Michigan public school districts as reported by the Michigan Department of Education, as well as categorical grant data and school checkbook registers.
Studies and reports
Quality Counts 2014
- See also: Quality Counts 2014 Report
Education Week, a publication that reports on many education issues throughout the country, began using an evaluation system in 1997 to grade each state on various elements of education performance. This system, called Quality Counts, uses official data on performance from each state to generate a report card for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report card in 2014 uses six different categories:
- Chance for success
- K-12 achievement
- Standards, assessments and accountability
- The teaching profession
- School finance
- Transitions and Alignment
Each of these six categories had a number of other elements that received individual scores. Those scores were then averaged and used to determine the final score in each category. Every state received two types of scores for each of the six major categories: a numerical score out of 100 and a letter grade based on that score. Education Week used the score for the first category, "chance for success," as the value for ranking each state and the District of Columbia. The average grade received in the entire country was 77.3, or a C+ average. The country's highest average score was in the category of "standards, assessments and accountability" at 85.3, or a B average. The lowest average score was in "K-12 achievement", at 70.2, or a C- average.
Michigan received a score of 75.3, or a C average, in the "chance for success" category. This was below the national average. The state's highest score was in "standards, assessments and accountability" at 91.6, or an A- average. The lowest score was in "K-12 achievement" at 63.8, or a D average. Michigan had the 10th lowest score for K-12 achievement in the country. The chart below displays the scores of Michigan and its surrounding states.
Note: Click on a column heading to sort the data.
|Public education report cards, 2014|
|State||Chance for success||K-12 achievement||Standards, assessments and accountability||The teaching profession||School finance||Transitions and Alignment|
|Michigan||75.3 (C)||63.8 (D)||91.6 (A-)||74.8 (C)||74.9 (C)||82.1 (B-)|
|Illinois||80.2 (B-)||69.6 (C-)||91.0 (A-)||67.9 (D+)||76.8 (C+)||75.0 (C)|
|Indiana||77.3 (C+)||72.8 (C)||97.8 (A)||63.1 (D)||71.6 (C-)||89.3 (B+)|
|Wisconsin||82.4 (B-)||72.1 (C-)||75.2 (C)||79.1 (C+)||85.6 (B)||85.7 (B)|
|United States Average||77.3 (C+)||70.2 (C-)||85.3 (B)||72.5 (C)||75.5 (C)||81.1 (B-)|
| Source: Education Week, "Quality Counts 2014 report cards," accessed February 18, 2015|
A full discussion of how these numbers were generated can be found here.
State Budget Solutions education study
State Budget Solutions examined national trends in education from 2009 to 2011, including state-by-state analysis of education spending, graduation rates and average ACT scores. The study showed that the states that spent the most did not have the highest average ACT test scores, nor did they have the highest average graduation rates. A summary of the study is available here. The full report can be accessed here.
Detroit emergency manager
On March 2, 2009, then-Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Robert Bobb to the position of Detroit Public Schools' emergency manager under Public Act 72 of 1990. He was initially appointed to serve a one-year term in order to address the district's legacy budget deficit, which was projected to reach $305.8 million in June 2009. As the emergency manager, Bobb created an internal audit department, led an enrollment drive and advocated for a successful $500.5 million bond issue to build and modernize 18 schools in the district. However, the projected deficit in 2011 was still $327 million.
In May 2011, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Roy Roberts to the position of emergency manager after Bobb's contract expired. During his time as the emergency manager, Roberts enforced two consecutive balanced budgets and reduced the size of the legacy deficit from $327 million to $72 million, partially through selling more than $200 million in bonds. Enrollment fell sharply from approximately 74,000 students in 2011 to 51,979 students in 2013, although a significant portion of this decline could be attributed to the removal of 15 district schools and nearly 10,000 students to a new state reform district in 2012.
Governor Snyder appointed Jack Martin to the position of emergency manager on July 15, 2013, after Roy Roberts chose to leave the position once his contract expired. Prior to serving in this position, Martin spent more than 40 years as a Certified Public Accountant and served as the emergency manager for Highland Park City Schools in 2012 and as the chief financial officer of the city of Detroit. Roy Roberts expressed support for Martin's appointment, and Martin stated that he would pursue a similar deficit reduction path to the one laid out by Roberts. In November 2013, the Michigan Department of Education removed the federal High Risk status from Detroit Public Schools, thereby granting the district "an incremental level of independence in its financial and administrative functions."
- See also: School board elections portal
Michigan contains two types of school districts. Local districts are traditional districts limited to a single community, such as a township or city. Intermediate districts operate at the county or multi-county level, and they primarily exist to provide specialized support services to local school districts.
- See also: List of school districts in Michigan
|Student enrollment||Per-pupil spending|
|1.) Detroit||1.) Bois Blanc Pines|
|2.) Utica||2.) Elm River Township|
|3.) Plymouth-Canton||3.) Grant Township|
|4.) Dearborn||4.) Arvon Township|
|5.) Grand Rapids||5.) Beaver Island|
|6.) Ann Arbor||6.) Northport|
|7.) Chippewa Valley||7.) Whitefish Township|
|8.) San Bernardino City Unified||8.) Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy|
|9.) Walled Lake||9.) Powell Township|
|10.) Livonia||10.) Wells Township|
School board composition
Michigan school board members for local school districts are elected by residents of the school district. Only four school boards for intermediate school districts are elected. All other intermediate school district boards are made up of representatives selected by local board members within the intermediate district. Michigan school board elections typically follow one of these two methods, or a mixture thereof:
- At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
- District: Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area.
School boards typically consist of seven members, although there are exceptions. School board members serve four-year or six-year terms, depending on the district.
Michigan does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Michigan, a person must be:
- A citizen of the United States
- A registered voter in the school district at the time of the filing deadline
The process of running for office as a school board candidate begins with filing a nominating petition and affidavit with the school district filing official before the close of business on the 15th Tuesday preceding the election. The number of signatures required for the nominating petition is dependent on the population in the school district at the time of the most recent federal census. If the population is less than 10,000, the minimum number of signatures is six and the maximum is 20. If the population is 10,000 or greater, the minimum number of signatures is 40 and the maximum is 100. A candidate can also pay a nonrefundable $100 filing fee to the school district filing official to get on the ballot instead of filing nominating petitions. Candidates may withdraw from the ballot only if they sign and submit a written withdrawal notice to the school district filing official before the close of business on the third day after the candidacy filing deadline.
Local school board elections are held biennially on the first Tuesday that follows the first Monday in November on even-numbered years.
Michigan requires all school board candidates running in districts with 2,401 or more students to file campaign finance reports. If a district contains 2,400 or fewer students, school board candidates are not required to file campaign finance reports unless they receive or spend more than $1,000 during the election cycle.
Candidates are prohibited from receiving contributions from corporations or labor organizations. Within 10 days of becoming a candidate, candidates must form a candidate committee. Following the creation of the committee, candidates have an additional 10 days to register the committee with the school district filing official by filing a statement of organization. A candidate committee that does not expect to receive or spend more than $1,000 during the election cycle is eligible to receive a reporting waiver, which allows that committee not to file pre-election, post-election and annual campaign statements without legal penalty.
Education ballot measures
Ballotpedia has tracked the following statewide ballot measures relating to education.
- Michigan Education Funds Amendment, Proposal H (1978)
- Michigan Mandatory School Funding Initiative, Proposal 5 (2006)
- Michigan Nonpublic School Aid Amendment, Proposal C (1970)
- Michigan Public School Amendment,Proposal A (1980)
- Michigan Sales Tax, Proposal B (1989)
- Michigan Sales Tax Amendment, Proposal A (1989)
- Michigan School Operating Property Tax Amendment, Proposal C (1992)
- Michigan Vouchers and Teacher Testing Amendment, Proposal 1 (2000)
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Michigan + Education "
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Michigan state budget and finances
- Michigan Department of Education
- List of school districts in Michigan
- School choice in Michigan
- Charter schools in Michigan
- Education Policy in the U.S.
- Michigan Department of Education
- Michigan State Board of Education
- Michigan Virtual School
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD); Table 2.—Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011-12," accessed May 12, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "ED Data Express," accessed May 12, 2014
- Michigan Department of Education, "Statistics for Michigan Schools," accessed May 21, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Michigan Department of Education, "About the Superintendent's Office," accessed May 21, 2014
- Constitution of Michigan of 1963, "Article VIII, Section 3," accessed May 21, 2014
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- Michigan Department of Education, "Common Core State Academic Standards," accessed June 17, 2014
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- United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
- ACT, "2012 ACT National and State Scores," accessed May 13, 2014
- Commonwealth Foundation, "SAT Scores by State 2013," October 10, 2013
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- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2008," accessed February 24, 2014
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- Education Week, "Quality Counts 2014 report cards," accessed February 19, 2015
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State of Michigan
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