Part I: Summary
This article is about Governor Rick Snyder and his supposed one billion dollar cut from K-12 education. This accusation results from a suggestion that the Governor had made back in February of 2011 in which he suggested the cut of nearly 1 billion dollars. Though this is not what happened and the accusation itself has flaws. The Governor’s suggestion was based on accounting for a substantial loss in federal stimulus money, which he had no control over; That being said the cut still happened, though it was not as much as initially anticipated mostly due to an unexpected economic upturn. Rick Snyder’s new budget actually shows an increase in the money allotted to K-12 Education, the problem is that this money isn’t making into the classrooms. The reason for this money not making it into the classrooms stems from a move made by a lot of districts to cut costs by offering early retirement to teachers; happened to in 2010 and now it’s time to make good on those retirement costs. Basically this extra money is being met with an extra large bill from the Office of Retirement Services that cannot go unpaid.
Part II: Q&A
Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?
The issue in the article is that our schools are underfunded and money is not getting to them, and this is something that I disagree with. Me disagreeing with this doesn’t to much and though I feel this is an obvious stand point, education should not take a backseat to any service and should always be given priority. This should be a non issue, if cuts are to be made it should not be to education.
Q2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?
This will hinder student learning, less funding has huge implications on a students success though it is not the most important thing, it is still huge. Less funding means less resources to give to students whether that be in the form of programs, school supplies, lab equipment, books, desks, or even the ability to attract elite teachers.
Q3: What examples of issues have you observed in your own experience?
Examples of this funding issue are prevalent in urban areas such as Detroit where there are not enough books for the kids, the libraries are barren, and the schools themselves can appear to be dangerous.