Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: School funding has increased, but teacher salaries are stagnant

Good morning!

School funding has increased 10% over the last five years, but it isn’t benefiting teacher salaries, according to a report out this week.

So where is that money going? To shore up the state’s pension system for public school employees.

That’s according to the report by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

Read Koby’s story about this issue, including a look at the full report.

Meanwhile, we recently posted our game plan for covering education in Detroit, something we’re doing across Chalkbeat bureaus in a bid to be transparent about our goals and so you can hold us accountable.

We’re interested in hearing from our readers to find out what issues are important to you. You can email me here, and you can email Koby here.

Scroll down for more Michigan education headlines.

And have a great Thursday!

— Lori Higgins, bureau chief


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OUR COVERAGE PLANS A look at how Chalkbeat Detroit plans to cover education in the city during this school year. Chalkbeat

TEACHER SALARIES A new report says Michigan’s pension system is eating up much of the recent gains in state per-pupil funding. Chalkbeat Bridge Magazine Detroit News Michigan Radio 

BENTON HARBOR The Benton Harbor school board says it supports the concept of a new advisory committee with the state to turn around the district. Michigan Radio

SCHOOL FUNDING A Detroit university professor says it’s time for Michigan to make schools a priority in budget negotiations. Bridge Magazine

ARMING TEACHERS A Michigan school district is weighing the option of allowing staff to carry guns in schools. WDIV

ELECTRIC BUSES Michigan’s first electric school buses are rolling out at seven school districts. MLive WWJ WXYZ Oakland Press

CHOICE DEFENDER A Michigan teacher talks about why she’s not afraid of parental choice. Mackinac Center

SUB SHORTAGES Education cuts in Michigan put greater strain on schools with substitute teacher shortages. Michigan Advance

DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR The youth choir from Detroit that has captured the hearts of many during its run on America’s Got Talent is moving ahead in the competition. Detroit Free Press Detroit News MLive

FLINT SCHOOLS The superintendent of the Flint school district outlines all the ways he believes the district is improving in this opinion piece. Detroit News