Every Day Evidence #87 for 2014/15 – Graduate Voice
June 23, 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 $26.4 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 – Graduate Success – Poetry
Today’s EDE is an email exchange between a teacher at Highlands and a former student.
“Yes, I absolutely remember you, Kelsey! You were an articulate writer even back in sixth grade and I am SO proud of your success. It is Spring Break next week and we have tentative plans, but if I am available, I will certainly attend. The topic, “Race Relations” sounds especially interesting and I love that you are using your talents to positively impact our world. Thank you for the invitation…and best wishes for a successful presentation.
On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM, Kelsey wrote:
Hello Mrs. Lewis! I hope you’re doing well. It’s been a few years since I last visited. I’m not sure if you’re still at Highlands.
I am emailing to invite you to my poetry reading at Grand Valley! Since graduating from Northview, I’ve been writing and traveling. I’m now a writing major and will be presenting a collection of my poems on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1pm. If you would be able to attend, it would mean a lot to me to have you there! Please see the attached flyer for details.
Simply Love People
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 $26.4 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