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Outtakes: Kids weigh in on per pupil funding

Jennifer Guerra
Michigan Radio

Welcome to our new weekly "outtakes" blog posts!

When we're out in the field, we get TONS of tape. I'm no percentologist (TM), but I'm guessing I probably use about 20% of the tape I gather. That means a lot of stuff gets left on the proverbial cutting room floor. But no more. Our industrious web guru Kimberly came up with the outtakes post as a way for us to share things that didn't make it into our final stories, for whatever reason.

I'm currently at work on a radio documentary about school funding and resources. Per pupil funding is of course on the minds of many adults; kids, not so much. So I thought I would ask 5th grade students in three different districts -- an upper middle class district, a middle class district and a working class district - for their take on per pupil funding.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jennifer is a reporter with Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and worked as a producer for WFUV in the Bronx.
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