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Privatizing Our Public Schools

Gov. Snyder is promoting legislation that will allow Lansing to use your tax dollars to create one state-wide mega district operated by political appointees.

Right now, your Governor and legislator are considering a plan that creates a single, statewide school district that is accountable to a board, not elected by the people, but instead appointed by the Governor. Not only is this district not governed by any local elections, it would operate without any oversight from the Michigan Department of Education.  And your tax dollars would be sent to this new super-district without any approval from your elected representatives.

Under this plan, this new school district will be able to open schools anywhere it wants in the state. The bills even say that the state can force your home district sell or lease some of the buildings your community owns to this new district if it wants to operate a school there.

These new schools are not required to meet the same quality requirements as local public schools – in fact, they need not follow the state’s assessment systems, making it impossible to compare school quality.

But the absolute worst part of the plan is that some of these schools will be managed by for profit operators and even corporations, and only some of our state’s students will be allowed to attend some of these schools.

There is a meeting that will give you important information about the bills our lawmakers are trying to pass before their "lame duck" session ends in December. 

Date: Monday, December 3, 2012
Place: Rochester High School
         180 S. Livernois, Rochester 48307
Afternoon Session: 4:00 P.M.
Evening Session:    6:30 P.M.

If you want to maintain local control over your community school and your tax dollars, tell your Governor  (517) 373-3400 and legislators  to oppose House Bills 6004, 5923 and Senate Bill 1358. 

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Mike Reno December 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Written by people whose jobs might be impacted. Oh, and the PTA, who simply parrots.
Mike Reno December 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The legislation is there for out kids, not for the adults.
Jon Awbrey December 02, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Here is a related Facebook page ... • http://www.facebook.com/SaveMIPublicSchools About — “Aiming to chronicle the massive opposition to the Michigan EAA, Selective Enrollment Schools, & Parent Trigger bills (HB 6004/SB 1358/HB 5923/SB 620).”
Mike Reno December 02, 2012 at 11:05 PM
OMG, there are hundreds of "likes", and a few of them are even people,who are not employed by a public school.
Jon Awbrey December 03, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Yes, Mr. Reno, I understand your concern. Making a modest income through honest labor at one's chosen profession represents such a conflict of interest that no such person should be allowed to assemble with others and communicate his or her concerns about the future of that profession, much less its proper place within the life of the community and the nation. We all know, of course, that it is only when absentee lords of investment are washed in the purifying waters of untrickled-down billions and billions of dollars earned the newfangled way through the unbearable labor of moving electronic chits around on virtual stock boards that they can once again attain the purity of motive — like a virgin, as it were — to dictate policies for the grubby, sweaty, professions they know not of. Perhaps some specialists in voter suppression should find a way to deny them a right to vote on matters that concern them. Perhaps two birds could be killed with one stone by scheduling future elections on high-stakes testing days. Let us all petition the Secretary of State and have her look into it. Oh, and maybe she could add a “Not a Parrot” check-box to the ballot application. (That might take out a lot of TEA Party Parrots, though.)

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