school budgets http://michiganradio.org en Flint school board passes FY 2014 budget http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-board-passes-fy-2014-budget <p>Flint school board members last night approved a budget for next year.</p><p></p><p>The district’s superintendent says Flint schools may be close to reaching bottom with its new budget.</p><p></p><p>Flint schools have been struggling with a declining student enrollment and budget problems for years.</p><p></p><p>The budget approved last night includes closing four schools and laying off around 150 employees.</p><p></p><p>Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins says more cuts may be needed, if enrollment slides even further.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:16:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 13248 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school board passes FY 2014 budget Marshall school board OKs deal to accept Albion high school students http://michiganradio.org/post/marshall-school-board-oks-deal-accept-albion-high-school-students <p>Albion students are a step closer to knowing where they’ll be going to high school this fall.</p><p></p><p>Albion High School is closing for budget reasons. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The district will continue to provide K through 8 education.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Marshall school board voted last night to open its high school to Albion’s students.&nbsp; Albion’s school board will vote on the cooperative agreement next week. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 02:18:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 12828 at http://michiganradio.org Marshall school board OKs deal to accept Albion high school students Crawling to protest the closing of Albion High School http://michiganradio.org/post/crawling-protest-closing-albion-high-school <p>A community activist is making a unique protest, in hopes of rallying people in Albion to fight the closure of their high school.</p><p></p><p>With a kiss from one of his supporters, Bobby Holley started crawling.&nbsp;&nbsp; He intends to crawl, on his hands and knees, the 30 miles from Battle Creek to Albion.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>He says he wants to rally the people of Albion, so they will fight the decisions to close their high school</p><p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:40:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 12773 at http://michiganradio.org Crawling to protest the closing of Albion High School Judge rules taxpayers, Mackinac Center, do not have standing in lawsuit over privatization http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-rules-taxpayers-mackinac-center-do-not-have-standing-lawsuit-over-privatization <p><a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/JurriansetalvsKISD.pdf">A Kent County judge has ruled</a> that taxpayers cannot sue school districts and teachers&rsquo; unions who agreed not to privatize any employees. The <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/14187">taxpayers say</a> the schools and unions entered an illegal employment contract when the districts agreed not to privatize any employees in exchange for concessions in pay and health benefits. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/9051">new Legal Foundation</a> represented <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1738068/West.Side.Stories/Mackinac.Center%27s.Legal.Foundation.taking.10.Kent.County.school.districts.to.court">the taxpayers in the case.</a></p><p>The judge didn&rsquo;t disagree with the Mackinac Center, but ruled only the parties in the contract &ndash; the unions or the school districts &ndash; had standing to file suit. And state law dictates the Michigan Employment Relations Commission must hear any unfair labor practice claims. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:07:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1483 at http://michiganradio.org Judge rules taxpayers, Mackinac Center, do not have standing in lawsuit over privatization Emergency Financial Managers http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-financial-managers <p>If you had any doubts about how difficult the situation is for local governments these days, consider this. Even before they tackle the budget, our lawmakers in Lansing have been working hard on new emergency financial manager legislation.</p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of bills designed to make it easier to appoint emergency financial managers to run troubled cities and school districts.&nbsp; The legislation also gives those managers broad new powers. The Senate is expected to easily approve this as well.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:06:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1413 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency Financial Managers 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