August 27, 2007 - Livingston Press Argus
The Michigan Constitution provides special funding status to the three special Research Institutions: University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State University. This creates a disparity in public education, whereby the remaining nine state schools recieve far less funding, while they provide far more opportunity to those of modest economic means. The tuition levels at U of M are a good example, as well as the nepotistic entrance formula of how tax dollars from all of us are used to subsidize the education of those from the wealthiest families in Michigan. I have advocated in the editorial below that this is problematic. Along with revising the SAF that is now being used to fund community colleges, Michiganders need to revisit equal funding for all 12 of our fine State Chartered Universities to provide higher education opportunities to all high school graduates across the economic spectrum.