Could a $2.5 Million Budget Item Erode Michigan’s Ban on Private School Vouchers?

The courts could soon decide whether private and parochial schools in Michigan can receive $2.5 million in public tax dollars.

State lawmakers put the money in the budget last year to reimburse private schools for things the state forces them to do, such as fire drills. But public school groups are suing. They say the money violates Michigan’s constitutional ban on school vouchers.

WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about why this case could end up being a big deal for education in Michigan.

While this case might seem small… case law is kind of created through little cases, ultimately making big changes,” says Roth. “Depending on what the judge says, it could potentially open the door for more money going to private schools, more money being distributed in different ways.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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