I find myself very interested in politics, even talking about politics with friends and colleagues at times.  I try to keep up with the ever changing envirorenment in both Lansing and Washington.  With all of that being said, I found my jaw hitting the floor after I read Governor Snyders proposed budget (click here for official document).  

 

I did vote for Rick Snyder.  I also understood that he was going to come in and drastically change the way that things are done.  But as most of us recall, he left out a TON of specifics during his campaign.  It is these specifics that are severely shaking up both sides of the political spectrum.  He preaches a message of a shared burden.  However, slashing about 4% in per pupil funding at the K-12 level (even with a surplus in the school aid fund) and at least 15% at the higher education level is going to drastically alter the quality of instruction our students receive.  Schools have been consistently trimming their budgets for years and are forced to make even more drastic cuts.  

 

How much more can schools trim and still deliver a quality instruction? This is a question without a definitive answer, but I feel that the boundaries will constantly be pushed. 

 

 

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Comment by GRETCHEN on March 10, 2011 at 9:45pm
I think as voters we should always remember our own desires. Big Business has never been a friend to education.  Gov. Snyder is a businessman, he clearly pushing the agenda of business. Cuts for them, yet taxes for us.
Comment by Barbara Assenmacher on February 25, 2011 at 11:59am
It is definitely a time where we must make sure our voices are heard in Lansing. The easiest way is to regularly email your state senator and house rep so that they know and understand our position on the many bills that will be headed their way. I see a lot of apathy in our district. There is a lot of complaining, but little action. If we sit back and do nothing, we shouldn't be surprised by the results.
Comment by Jamie Tuch on February 24, 2011 at 10:34pm
I agree totally with Liz.  I live on the border with Wisconsin and there a a definite tone with the newly elected republican governors that there is a combined effort under way to undermine the teachers unions and eliminate many school funded projects.  I fear that the worst is yet to come.  This decision in Wisconsin will effect us all and I don't see anything positive coming down the road.  The teacher haters are out in full force and apparently many people don't see us in a positive light.  I obviously did not vote for Snyder either, because I knew what he was going to bring to the table.  In past years it has been the democratic elected officials that gave education the benefit of the doubt.  Unfortunately that won't happen the next few years.  Expect the worst from here on out.
Comment by Liz Tucker on February 24, 2011 at 9:51pm

This should come as no surprise.  I fear we may  have a repeat of the Engler years.  (clearly I didn't vote for him) The combination of funding cuts and continual movement from 'schools of choice' makes for a nightmare on the finance end of things.  Of course, teaching in a poor rural district I think that the cuts should be pro-rated.  More on the 'haves' end and less on the 'have-nots', but I realize that isn't going to happen.

 

I live about 15 miles from Wisconsin (as the crow flies) and have been watching closely at how that situation is playing out.  Things are going to be ugly all over.

Comment by Sean Karsten on February 24, 2011 at 4:43pm
Interesting pie chart in the document that could have some questions formed around.  Thanks for posting the document.

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