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Funding for K-12 education is a perennially hot topic in Michigan and the present is no exception. Recently, first term Governor Gretchen Whitmer and others have been pushing hard for a funding increase. Whitmer's proposed 2020 Budget calls for increasing the State's per-pupil funding formula by between $120 and $180 per student. That adds up to about a half-billion dollars more per year for K-12. Many supporters of additional investment point to an MSU study from early this year showing the state last among the 50 states in revenue growth for education in the last 25 years. The study which has its critics - claims state government "has never calibrated funding levels to the resources needed for students to meet outcome standards." Our expert guest panel - Dr. David Arsen, Professor of Education Policy for Michigan State University College of Education; David Crim, Spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association and Ben DeGrow, Director of Education and Policy at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy - discuss this and more on this episode of Open Line.