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“Years of budget cuts?” Funding for Dearborn schools increases by $957 per student, even after inflation – Michigan Capitol Confidential

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The Gander Newsroom is one of many new media organizations that have a notable political bias.

The Gander is owned by Courier Newsroom, which says its mission is to make “credible, factual journalism”. Courier Newsroom says, “Our country’s media ecosystem has changed and has led to widespread misinformation that has influenced millions of people, causing widespread distrust of our democratic institutions. …”

On February 23, The Gander published an article by Keva Vakil, a writer based in Los Angeles. In it, Vakil claimed that a Dearborn public school teacher continued to work “despite years of budget cuts and inequitable funding.”

The article quotes Dearborn teacher Zeinab Chami as saying that the state’s public education system “desperately needs more funding, not less, in order to meet the needs of the 90% of Michigan students who attend public schools.

The Gander repeats the teachers’ union talking points stating, “A coalition of politicians, donors and right-wing activists are exploiting the real issues around student mental health, the exodus of teachers from the workforce and education inequality to decimate Michigan’s public schools. ”

Despite its owner’s claims of accuracy, The Gander Newsroom has not responded to this article.

State funding for the Dearborn Public School District has increased from $121.6 million in the 2009-10 school year to $192.2 million in 2021-22. (Neither figure includes local or federal money.) When adjusted for inflation, this translates to an additional $957 per student over a 12-year period. It’s hard to call this record “years of budget cuts and inequitable funding”. And in addition to state funding, the Dearborn Public School District will receive $140.5 million in additional federal COVID relief funds.