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Ann Arbor Schools Considering Tuition Program

May 15, 2014

Families could soon have the option of paying tuition to have their children attend Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor School Board is considering a plan to offer this option to anyone who misses out on school of choice or lives outside the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.  

President Deb Mexicotte says they  could charge up to $14,000.  The state sets the cap at 25 percent above the per-student cost the district spends on education. 

Mexicotte thinks the tuition program would be a good option for families that are new to the area.  She says these families may want to send their kids to Ann Arbor schools under the tuition program until the next time the district has a schools of choice enrollment period.  It would also be an option for parents that work in Ann Arbor but live outside of the WISD and aren't able to use schools of choice.  The district receives a handful of requests each year but has turned them away.   

Ann Arbor Public Schools will not receive state per-pupil funding for these new students.  

The plan is expected to be approved at the next board meeting.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.