Anderson Economic Group Work

Public School Per-Pupil Funding Disparity Analysis: Equity in Education Foundation


The Equity in Education Foundation was established by the Word of Faith International Christian Center to address the inequality of per-pupil funding between Michigan’s public school districts.

Anderson Economic Group helped the Foundation understand the constitutional argu­ment against funding inequality, and organize legal and public relations campaigns. As part of this process, AEG issued a report analyzing the funding characteristics of all public and charter school districts within the state. The analysis included a comparison between Michigan’s “hold-harmless” school districts and non hold-harmless districts, a look at the change in disparity since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, an assessment of the relationship between different types of funding and student performance, and a geo-spatial analysis of funding information through the use of our Geographic Information System (GIS) facility.