2018-01-11 / Opinions

Rep. Canfield bill seeks fairness in education funding

LANSING - State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. (R-Sebewaing) is sponsoring legislation to limit funding for educational institutions with a limited physical presence, such as cyber schools, to 80-percent of traditional schools.

“This is about fairness for all of Michigan’s students because the costs and needs for schools in our communities are much more significant than educational entities with a limited brick-and-mortar presence,” said Canfield. “Our local schools have buildings to maintain and heat, buses to transport students and additional staff to guide through the educational process. These schools should get a different level of funding to meet that need.”

The bill also calls on cyber academies to itemize expenditures, such as salaries, benefit costs and detail additional funding from a management organization - on its website.

Canfield emphasized the funding change was among several recommendations made by Gov. Rick Snyder in his FY17-18 budget.

“This is common sense in education,” Canfield said. “Both cyber and traditional schools have the same goals of educating our children, but take vastly different ways to accomplish it. We should consider that, among several other factors, when it is budget time and allocate the difference between cyber and traditional schools to our at-risk students.”

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