Equity in Public Education: School-Finance Reform in Michigan

This Note argues that the only adequate compromise between the pressure to limit taxes and the need to provide both educational quality and equity is to institute a form of full-state funded education. Part I of this Note briefly defines equity in public education and discusses the importance of increasing equity. Part II discusses other values and concerns that arise in the school-finance debate, such as liberty, local control, efficiency, and quality of education. Part III considers several fundamental school-finance alternatives. Part IV provides a historical overview of Michigan school finance reform and a description of the current State School Aid Act and its resulting inequities. The Note concludes in Part V by arguing that the future of Michigan’s children is best secured through a system of full-state funding.