Every Day Evidence #83 for 2014/15
June 16, 2015
Good Morning Governor Snyder, Senator MacGregor, Representatives, VerHeulen, Lyons, Brinks, Dillion, Yonker, Hooker,
Currently our Michigan Legislative body is working on finding $1.2 billion in “road funding” in order to make Michigan a TOP TEN state for roads. The current School Aid Budget included a $25.4 million allocation for 3rd grade reading in order to make Michigan a TOP TEN state for academic achievement.
Questions for Your Consideration:
- The new School Aid Bill resulted in a $50 per pupil increase in the net-operating revenue. This is approximately a .6% net operating revenue increase for Northview. This is unrestricted revenue. Do you believe this covers the inflation rate?
- Yes, we did receive a $48 per pupil increase in “at risk” funding that is restricted. Do you know the criteria for use of the $48 per pupil?
- Are you aware that the overall funding for K-12 is about the same as the level of funding in Governor Granholm’s last year in office? The priorities changed to cover retirement costs established by previous Legislative actions.
- Are you aware that the MPSERS was established by the Legislature not by school districts collective bargaining agreements? Our MI legislators state that paying down this legacy cost will result in more money for K-12 …….. in 2034.
- Are you aware of the size of the budget cuts in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, and other districts in your legislative boundaries?
- Are your actions strengthening the relevance of public education?
Every Day Evidence – Parent Voice – Teacher “shout out.”
“Hello Mr. Thomas,
I’m not typically one to write emails, but I feel like this teacher deserves a “shout out”. I have had both the pleasure to work in her classroom as an interpreter, as well as having a son as one of her students. It was/is so incredibly refreshing to see someone care and give so much to every day and every task.
My son is a unique child, which I assume most parents would say, but Taylor truly is. He struggles to focus on classwork and follow through. Yet, for Taylor, his time in AP Lit has produced a catalog of work I never thought I would see him willingly do. Not only has his love for literature grown, Mrs. Steelman has helped grow his individuality and drive. Thanks to her unique teaching and straight forward manner my son blossomed. His final project was suited to his drive to become a film director. He came home yesterday with a light in his eyes that I haven’t seen in months. With the simple sentence “She loved it”, I could tell his life had been changed.
I appreciate all that she has done to inspire my son, She will forever be “one of those” for him. I am thankful that as a School of Choice child we were able to bring him to Northview Public Schools so that his perspective and value is truly cultivated and allowed to grow.
Our roads do need improvement and you plan to allocate $1.2 Billion. Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is important and an “upstream solution.” You allocated $25.4 Million. Your Legislative actions show your priorities. Kent County ISD school districts have done their part. Now it is time for our Legislators to do their part and increase K-12 by a “3% net-operating revenue” in each of the next three years.
Michael F. Paskewicz, Superintendent
Northview Public Schools