Public education is one of the pillars of a functional society. A quality education for all children in Michigan is essential to their futures as well as the future of the state. As voters we expect our leaders in Lansing to support ADEQUATE, EQUITABLE and STABLE funding for public education.
Current policies are being considered that threaten the financial stability of our Huron Valley Schools and jeporadize the quality of education that is provided to our students.
· When considering policies to reduce the tax burdens in Michigan including the reduction of the Personal Property Tax on business equipment we expect NO REDUCTION to the school aid fund. Any funds removed should be replaced from other sources.
· When considering policies in the Parent Empowerment Act, we expect leaders to consider the impact to public schools.
o FAIR – any entity receiving funds from the School Aid Fund should be held to the same standards of monetary transparency and performance reporting. All policies that apply to public schools should be applied to charter and cyber schools.
o ADEQUATE – The cost of educating children has not gone down - neither should the per pupil allowance.
o STABLE – Diluting the school aid fund further by distributing funds to unlimited charter/cyber schools cannot be allowed to impact the existing public schools.