Mike Griffith

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Mike Griffith is as an independent school finance consultant. His clients include: the Education Commission of the States, Ford Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, RSEC, and Lawrence O. Picus & Associates. He has worked in the field of school finance policy for the past 17 years with ECS, the consulting firm of Augenblick & Myers, and the Michigan State Senate.

Griffith is a recognized national source for the collection and analysis of state-level education data, including literature reviews, in-depth research and analyses of primary sources (including state budgets and legislation), and multiple levels of quality checks and controls. Griffith is known for his accurate and dependable evidence-based research, which he has expertly conducted on a wide variety of education issues, including school finance–both as an independent contractor and as an analyst with the Education Commission of the States.

Griffith’s research has focused on the condition of state budgets, the adequacy and equity of state finance formulas, and promising practices in funding programs for high need students. Griffith has been part of school funding studies in Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina and Vermont. While at ECS, Griffith has worked with policymakers in all 50 states to reshape their school funding systems with the goal of improving student achievement. Griffith is an expert resource to national news media and has been quoted over 250 times by such outlets as: CNN, Education Week, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio and The New York Times.

Griffith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University; a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University; and a Master of Arts degree in Education Management from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

One response to “Mike Griffith

  1. Hi Mr. Griffith,

    My name is Connor Jackson and I am a junior at Carleton College. I am contacting in regard to a journalism project and would very much appreciate any insights you could offer.

    The question I am exploring is whether education is combatting poverty in the town of Northfield. My focus is on early education, specifically kindergarten.

    Having explored some of the seminal literature in this area such as the Perry Preschool Project and the Abecedarian Project, I understand that early education funding has the potential for tremendous returns.

    What I am wondering is how efficiently and intelligently public education funds are being spent in Minnesota. I am also curious whether funds are being allocated with a mind towards combatting poverty and/or closing the achievement gap. An idea here is work by George Vernez (Closing the education gap : benefits and costs, 1999) which proposed that closing the educational achievement gap, when seen as an investment rather than an expenditure, is a responsible fiscal choice, the cost of which would be recouped within a decade.

    I know that in December 2011 Minnesota received a federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant for $45 million for 2012-15 designed to improve early learning and development opportunities for Minnesota’s young children. Your thoughts on this would be incredibly helpful.

    I recognize that there are probably many demands on your time. In light of this I would be extremely appreciative of any insights/comments you could provide for my journalism project. If you are willing to discuss this with me, I could type some specific questions in an email, or schedule a phone call depending on what would be best for your schedule.

    Thank you very much!



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