paying for Michigan schools http://michiganradio.org en New federal funds likely to target early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/new-federal-funds-likely-target-early-childhood-education <p>Michigan and other states may soon compete against one another to try to win a new round of grants from the U.S. Department of Education.</p><p>Congress allotted another $700 million to <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html">Race to the Top</a>, the education reform program where states compete for federal grants.</p> Tue, 10 May 2011 00:54:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2417 at http://michiganradio.org New federal funds likely to target early childhood education Rallies against Governor Snyder’s proposed budget continue http://michiganradio.org/post/rallies-against-governor-snyder%E2%80%99s-proposed-budget-continue <p>More than 60 people in Grand Rapids rallied against <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/see-who-shares-sacrifice-governor-snyders-proposed-budget">Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s proposed budget cuts </a>Tuesday night. Protestors took over a normally quite block in a residential neighborhood.</p><p>Speaking into a microphone and speaker set up on a sidewalk, Rich Fink told the crowd he&rsquo;s a proud member of the Jenison Education Association.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;They are after the middle class and it&rsquo;s time that we say enough is enough.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Their signs say they&rsquo;ve had enough of cuts to public education, fair wages, benefits and most prominently Governor Snyder.</p><p>60-year old retired General Motors worker Gregg Shotwell is not against balancing the budget. But he says Snyder&rsquo;s plan to create jobs by lowering taxes for businesses won&rsquo;t work.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re not going to use that tax break to create jobs. Because there&rsquo;s not going to be greater demand for their products or their services if we&rsquo;re all making less money.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Snyder says replacing the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/eliminating-business-tax-credits">Michigan Business Tax with a flat 6% tax on corporate income</a> is &quot;simple fair and efficient.&quot;</p><p>Shotwell was among many other retired UAW workers who are very upset about Snyder&rsquo;s plan to tax pensions. But Shotwell says the proposed cuts to public education is what brought him out to the protest.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our children are the future and you can&rsquo;t expect to improve the state of Michigan, improve our economic future if you&rsquo;re going to sabotage education and this is sabotage.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>If lawmakers approve Snyder&rsquo;s budget, <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyders-proposed-education-cuts-are-problematic-school-districts">state funding to public universities</a> would be cut 15 percent. K through 12 schools would be cut by a little more than 4 percent. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:58:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1671 at http://michiganradio.org Rallies against Governor Snyder’s proposed budget continue Paying for Michigan Schools: More money for schools? http://michiganradio.org/post/paying-michigan-schools-more-money-schools <p>The way we pay for schools changed a lot back in 1994 when voters passed Proposal A. Before Proposal A, much of the support for the schools came from local property taxes. But voters passed increase after increase and in some districts property taxes got so high that people, especially senior citizens, couldn't afford to live in their homes. Michigan had some of the highest property taxes in the nation.</p> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1071 at http://michiganradio.org Paying for Michigan Schools: More money for schools? Paying for Michigan Schools: More cuts to school costs http://michiganradio.org/post/paying-michigan-schools-more-cuts-school-costs <p>School districts across the state have been cutting staff and freezing teacher pay to get through budget cuts made by the state.</p> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1070 at http://michiganradio.org Paying for Michigan Schools: More cuts to school costs Paying for Michigan Schools: Masking problems because of school of choice http://michiganradio.org/post/paying-michigan-schools-masking-problems-because-school-choice <p>Michigan legislators hear from educators all the time about money for schools. But legislators, for the most part, are not hearing from parents and other taxpayers.</p> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1068 at http://michiganradio.org Paying for Michigan Schools: Masking problems because of school of choice Blame the economy for school cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/blame-economy-school-cuts <p>Getting your budget cut is no fun, and that's exactly what's happened to schools in Michigan. Generally speaking, educators know why that's happened. Michigan's economy tanked and that's affected the tax dollars coming in for schools.</p> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1067 at http://michiganradio.org Blame the economy for school cuts Paying for Michigan Schools: Doesn't the lottery do that? http://michiganradio.org/post/paying-michigan-schools-doesnt-lottery-do <p>You can hardly find a bar in Michigan that doesn't feature video screens offering you a chance to get rich and help Michigan schools. The lottery has done such a good marketing job of telling players they're helping Michigan schools that people have an inflated idea of how much the lottery money helps.</p> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1073 at http://michiganradio.org Paying for Michigan Schools: Doesn't the lottery do that? Paying for Michigan Schools: State and schools can't get budgets together http://michiganradio.org/post/paying-michigan-schools-state-and-schools-cant-get-budgets-together <p>Michigan's schools are required by law to have a budget by June 30th. The legislature doesn't have to complete its budget until September 30th. So for the schools, it's hard to figure out a budget when you don't know how much money you're going to get from the state.</p> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1066 at http://michiganradio.org Paying for Michigan Schools: State and schools can't get budgets together