Thursday, December 4, 2014

More Lame Duck Legislation.........

Information from Steve Norton at MI Parents for Schools

(The comments in the parentheses are me – Terese commenting).

Four Bad Bills being considered in the legislative lame duck session –

Bad Idea #1 - Let's pave the roads with our children's education (Among other things, the idea to eliminate sales tax from gas sales…….sales tax is used to fund schools……with no method set to replace those taxes except for the guess that sales in other areas will increase.   Really?)

Bad Idea #2 - Cut school funding and then take 'em over when they have budget problems (the “Early Warning System”)

Bad Idea #3 - Cut school funding and then force them to flunk 3rd graders who don't test well in reading (We want students to learn, but what is magic about 3rd grade?   Has flunking a kid ever really increased academic performance?  Because, if it did, wouldn’t it be done more frequently?)

Bad Idea #4 - Cut school funding, and then slap a simplistic letter grade on them to show how badly they're doing (I’d like to know the criteria for a grade and schools are never simply ONE thing, so how can there be one grade that would reflect how a school is doing?)

Go to the “MI Parents for Schools” site for full information on these bills!