The 11 Michigan School Districts That Spend the Least Per Student
Not all Michigan school districts are created equal.
Taxpayers foot the bill for education at elementary and secondary schools pretty much everywhere in the state, but the amount of funding that's spent per student varies widely depending on the school district - from less than $8,000 per year per pupil, to as much as $43,000.
The Effect of Low School Funding on Education
Michigan communities that are among the poorest in the state also tend to be among those whose school districts are underfunded. Low income districts are thereby not as likely as their higher income counterparts to have access to technological resources - putting these students at an even further disadvantage.
The converse is also true. Michigan school districts that are better funded tend to have higher graduation rates, higher percentages of students that seek further education after high school graduation, and eventually higher incomes.
Where Do Michigan Schools Stand Compared to the Rest of the Country?
WalletHub's report on the nation's most and least equitable school districts puts Michigan in the middle of the pack - about half the country spreads school funding more equitably as a general rule, while the other half doesn't do as well as Michigan.
On average, how much money is spent per student in your home school district? Find out where your district stacks up here, and check out the 11 lowest below.