Appropriations Summary

Actual[64]

Recommended

Savings

Interdepartmental Grants:

$1,446,300

$1,446,300

0

Federal Funds:

$744,495,900

$656,668,400

$87,797,500

State General Fund/General Purpose:

$42,324,300

$40,528,100

$1,796,200

Special Revenue Funds:

$21,794,600

$21,794,600

0

Gross Appropriation:

$810,061,100

$720,467,400

$89,593,700

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is the administrative arm of the State Board of Education, implementing federal and state legislative mandates in the fields of education and rehabilitation. The Board appoints a superintendent of public administration to serve as the principal executive officer of the Department of Education.

The most effective way to improve primary and secondary education in Michigan is to allow full educational choice, where parents are neither prohibited from, nor penalized for, sending their children to a public or private school they choose. However, in the short term, the Department of Education should take immediate steps to streamline its operations by eliminating unnecessary spending.

Below is a list of specific programs that should be marked for either elimination or reduction by the legislature within the next fiscal year.