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Rep. Darany, Dearborn Schools Still Calling for Education Funding Reforms

The state budget has been approved, but Democrat legislators are still pushing for the restoration of funding–including at-risk money for Dearborn.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder may have signed the state's budget into law on June 22, but some legislators and school districts–including Dearborn–are still pushing lawmakers to restore funding.

Education funding restoration rallies were held across the state Monday, the first of which took place in front of Dearborn's at 8 a.m. A small crowd of school employees and parents gathered as Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) spoke about the need to continue putting pressure on Republicans to restore K-12 state funding.

"There's a lot we feel we can still do and we can still bargain with the governor and the Republican delegation to do things, we believe, the right way," Darany said. "So we're keeping the pressure on them to let them know this is not going away. We've already voted for it, but they need to make some changes."

According to the Detroit Free Press, Gov. Snyder called the $46 billion budget a "jobs budget" and a "kids budget," touting it as a fair compromise that will maintain schools and create jobs.

"The $12.7-billion School Aid Fund will give $300 per pupil less to school districts–a 2.2% reduction from this year. Districts that show cost-cutting initiatives could get more money from a $100-million pool," the Free Press reported.

"Public universities will absorb a 22% cut in state aid–15% if they hold down tuition costs to 7% or less–and there will be $100 million less for local communities."

In Dearborn, Rep. Darany said Monday, the cuts will be much steeper due to the loss of categorical and at-risk funding. The real loss, he said, is closer to $1,000 per pupil.

That funding is unlikely to come back to Dearborn, Rep. Darany said, but the hope is that if the pressure stays on Gov. Snyder and legislators, anything is possible.

"(At-risk funding can be restored) only if the governor turns around and says, 'OK, we can adjust the budget here and there,'" Darany said. "There's ways it can be done legislatively, but it's an uphill battle for him to go back on that.

"I don't see a whole lot of hope there."

The Dearborn Public Schools 2011-12 budget, as a result of funding losses, includes , as well as . The budget is set to be voted on at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.

"It's just devastating news," Darany said of the local budget cuts, but added that he doesn't see it turning into a drop in quality of education in the city. "Dearborn will rally, as they always do, and we'll always have good schools in Dearborn."

Jon Awbrey June 29, 2011 at 11:46 AM
What can you do about it? Recall — • http://www.firericksnyder.org/ • http://www.firericksnyder.org/community/all-events-list • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recall-Governor-Rick-Snyder/113418962065885 Repeal — • http://repealpa4.org/ • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Repeal-PA4-Emergency-Managers-Washtenaw-Area/137390633002568 • http://sites.google.com/site/rejectemergencymanagers/ • http://www.facebook.com/rejectemergencymanagers
Jon Awbrey June 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Looking to the future, the main thing we need to understand is this — What we see happening in Benton Harbor, Detroit, and Pontiac, not to mention States from Florida to Wisconsin, will be coming our way sooner or later if not already here. It has nothing to do with black vs. white, left vs. right, liberal vs. libertarian, or any of those old-fangled diversions. It goes beyond education, public safety, public services, and even beyond the public sector workplace to the very ideas of community and the common good. Getting up to speed on that will take looking into the corporate ideology groups that now and then fly under the banners of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Broad Foundation, the DeVos family, the Koch brothers, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MCPP), and the whole bulk of the iceberg that threatens our democratic ship of state.
Jon Awbrey June 29, 2011 at 09:36 PM
For the benefit of readers who haven't been following the “Emergency Mangling” of Detroit Public Schools all that closely, here's a couple of articles from the Huffington Post — Detroit Announces New Authority For Failing Schools (June 20, 2011) • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/20/detroit-announces-new-authority_n_880757.html Michigan Groups Sue Governor Snyder Over Emergency Manager Law (June 22, 2011) • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/michigan-groups-sue-gov-s_n_882442.html And here's a couple of reports on the Broad Foundation, that we find behind the scenes of so many current raids on public education and so prominently mentioned in the Governerd's plans, not just for Detroit, but for Michigan at large — Seattle Education Blog • “The Broad Foundation” • http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/race-to-the-top/the-broad-foundation/ Seattle Education Blog • “Eli Broad’s Last Hurrah In Detroit?” • http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/eli-broad’s-last-hurrah-in-detroit/ Yes, it will all be on the test …

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