Michigan’s School Finance Research Collaborative, currently touted as the preferred roadmap for increased school funding and distribution of those funds, only studied special and regular education. It completely ignored education for advanced and gifted learners.
Why does that matter?
School funding is both an education issue and a national security issue. Gifted education is not currently on our legislative or state government administrative radar, but if it becomes apparent only in the future, it will be too late to fix.
Many recall when the Russians shocked America with Sputnik, the first satellite launched into space in 1957. At that moment, gifted education and individuals became essential to the U.S. government. Michigan funded gifted education from 1994-2009. Now, though, Michigan is currently at the bottom in the