I am going to share Steve Norton’s message today so that you can easily take action by following the links in his message. These bills are both bad for public education: 1) road funding bill is in conference committee and the House version further defunds public education; 2) the early warning bills only exacerbate reporting requirements for financially at risk schools; they do nothing to actually alleviate the financial issues. Please take 3 minutes or less to take action on these. Steve has made it very easy to do so – but it is important that we do!
Steve’s message below:
This message will “hit the streets” later this morning. Please spread the word – we need everyone speaking out on these remaining bills!
We’d like to thank you for making the effort to contact your lawmakers during this “lame duck” session. Because of your efforts, along with many others across the state, we’ve been having a real impact. There are only a few days left in the current legislative session, and anything not passed into law at that point will fade away (possibly to return in new wrapping next year). So far, it seems that two of the “bad ideas” we featured in our recent article (http://www.mipfs.org/node/235) won’t be making the cut: the 3rd Grade Flunking bill and the A-F school “grading” bill. That’s the good news.
The no-so-good news is that two bills are still in play: the “deficit early warning” package and the road funding bills. As you surely remember, the House idea to fund roads was to take the money away from schools and local governments.
Lawmakers are trying to hammer out their differences on road funding in a conference committee, and we need to keep reminding them that whatever solution they find should just leave our schools alone. Even if you have already taken action on this issue, it can’t hurt to do it again! The pressure is on. Click here to take action:
On the “deficit early warning” bills, the House may act today to move them forward. We’ve already written about them, but here is what the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education has to say about the bills:
“As we alerted you last week, these bills require limitless reporting, do nothing to prevent schools from falling into distress and provide ZERO financial support or resources to help troubled schools. Most concerning is that the school community tried to work in good faith with Senate leadership to improve the bills, but the sponsors were unwilling to compromise and disregarded our suggestions. When these bills were voted on in the Senate they received bipartisan opposition, and we are hopeful with your help we can reach members of the House as well.”
To take action and remind your lawmakers that schools need adequate funding and not more excuses for state takeover, please follow this link:http://capwiz.com/miparentsforschools/issues/alert/?alertid=63971481
Your voice can be crucial in swaying a Representative or Senator who is uneasy about the bills. Let them hear you today!
Michigan Parents for Schools