Public and Private Schools Team Up

By: Kim Russell
By: Kim Russell

Terri Davis Hayden teaches music at St. Martha School in Okemos; however, she is not a St. Martha Employee. The Williamston Public School District pays her salary. The Williamston District has teamed up with two local private schools to provide enrichment classes such as art, music, and foreign language. School leaders say it’s cooperation that benefits everyone.

Teachers get more income with public school pay. Private school students get more elective class choices that are already available at public schools. Private schools save money by not having to pay for teachers for these classes. Williamston Public Schools get more tax money by claiming private school students as theirs for a fraction of the day.

School leaders say the benefits aren't only financial. They say by working with other schools they learn better ways to help give students more opportunities all around. Meanwhile, teacher sharing like this is growing in popularity. Right now about 50 of Michigan's more than 500 districts participate in such cooperation.

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