Seeking Adequate Funding for Michigan K-12 Schools

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The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program invites you to the 2018 Yackness Endowed Lectureship Series panel discussion featuring regional superintendents and Michigan legislators:

  • Michael Addonizio, Professor, Wayne State University
  • Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent, Oakland County
  • Michael DeVault, Superintendent, Macomb County
  • Hoon Yung Hopgood, Michigan State Senator
  • Randy Liepa, Superintendent, Wayne County
  • Phil Pavlov, Michigan State Senator

Our moderator will be Alicia Nails, director of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University.

Can we reverse the academic decline in Michigan’s schools without addressing the funding issue?

A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Education notes that Michigan increased spending on prisons more than five times faster than it did on public education from 1979-2013. Meanwhile, Michigan school performance continues to fall further behind. At the current rate of decline, our state will rank 48th by 2030.

The Oakland Education Foundation, with support from the Kellogg Foundation, has financed a comprehensive “adequacy” or “costing out” study of Michigan’s PK-12 finance system. Current schedules call for the report’s completion at the end of January 2018. Once the Oakland/Kellogg study is released, Michigan policymakers will have an unprecedented body of research with which to strengthen PK-12 funding.

Panelists will discuss the report’s implications for Michigan’s children. After the presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions.

This program is supported by the Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies and the Metro Bureau.

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Student Center Hilberry Rooms
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

For more information about this event, please contact Carla Harting at 313-577-1675 or

Submissions for this form have closed on March 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm.