While Governor OneToughNerd and his acolytes in the Republican legislature claim that education funding has increased during his tenure, a new study by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that Michigan is one of 34 states that have decreased school funding over the past six years. At least we’re in the majority.
Why does this matter? Less state aid means teacher layoffs, which means larger class sizes, which means less-effective instruction. Less state aid means a longer recovery time from this recession due to fewer public school employees overall. Fewer employees means more people out of the workforce who can contribute to the state coffers with their income tax and discretionary spending.
This is pretty simple. Even for someone like me, an English major. Why can’t Rick, Jase, and Lisa figure it out?