Richard Posted: Nov 17, 2006 10:48 AM >On 11/17/06, a Big Mac costs $2.80 (plus 6% tax) at a >McDonalds in Royal Oak, MI (a suburb north of Detroit.)
Alrighty then, based on this information we can say that 2.8 MI dollars equals 3.15 NY dollars. Therefore, we can say that NY spends MI$11,493 (11,493 Michigan dollars) per student per year for education. So, NY spends almost 27% more, per student, on education than does MI. Very interesting.
On the whole, I would say the citizens of MI are doing their fair share, and more. While MI spending (as calculated above) is somewhat less than NY spending, the state of MI allocates fully 37% of its total budget to education, while NY state, at $16.7 BBillion, allocates a mere 30% of their budget. From which I conclude that NY is a richer state than MI and that Michiganders dig deeper into their shallower pockets to educate their students.
37%! (plus whatever the localities contribute, which is probably considerable). I would be ashamed to ask the good citizens of MI to dig even deeper into their pockets. I think the honorable thing for MI educators to do is to wrack their brains to figure out ways to give Michiganders more value for their hard-earned money. Maybe that's just me.
So, I find this all very interesting, but now that we have examined the numbers, a bit, now that we have seen the stupendous sums of money involved ("billions and billions", as Carl Sagan use to say) what would you like to say about public schools being "vastly underfunded"?