Friday, April 12, 2013

Forward from - "Michigan Parents for Schools" - TAKE ACTION

WLEA MEMBERS - Please read through this information and TAKE ACTION by clicking the links at the end of the posting!!!

Time to stop playing games with school funding - budget options range from bad to worse

Let's play
Fibbing or Funding
The only game show where your school always gets less than your children deserve!
Pick a door to reveal your "prize"!
Door #1 - Snyder Plan Door #2 - House plan Door #3 - Senate plan
Districts LOSE between $2 and $32 per pupil
Claimed 2% increase is mostly money taken from a "cookie jar" which had been diverted earlier when cuts were even bigger
Sneaks in parts of the "Oxford report" by forcing districts to pay for up to two online courses per semester with no say over the provider, what "successful completion" means, or what kind of credit to award.
Commits an extra $10 million to Michigan Virtual University, and basically makes an $8 million "gift" to the EAA to support "student centered learning"
Districts LOSE between $18 and $52 per pupil
Eliminates best practices grants, which went to most districts
Gives more money for performance and tech grants, which serve many fewer districts
Penalizes districts which recently opened their contracts
Cuts the increase to Great Start, making 4,200 fewer openings
Also sneaks in the "Oxford report" provisions
Districts LOSE between $18 and $102 per pupil, on average
Eliminates help to local districts with their pension system costs, and uses a smaller amount to give a foundation increase to all districts - which is a windfall for charter schools, which mostly are not in the pension system (they'll get an increase)
Puts $22 million in an "education reserve fund" instead of giving it to our students
Eliminates both best practices and technology grants
Also sneaks in the "Oxford report" provisions
Total spending even less than the Governor!
We need to stop playing games with the
schools that serve our children and our
communities. Shifting money around to
make cuts look like tiny increases is simply
disrespectful to the people of Michigan.

Here are some facts they want us to forget:

---Spending on K-12 education has fallen 18%
over the last twelve years, once you factor in inflation.
---Even after taking a smaller number of students 
into account, it has fallen 9% over twelve years
---It's not all the recession - we're spending a
shrinking share of our state's economy on
education, in good
times or bad.
Tell your legislators and the Governor that we
need to stop playing games and do right by our
children and our state! We need to give school the
resources they need to do what we ask them to do.

Speak out today!

Steven Norton
Executive Director
Michigan Parents for Schools