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.