Right now, your Governor and legislator are considering a plan that creates a single, statewide school district that is accountable to a board, not elected by the people, but instead appointed by the Governor. Not only is this district not governed by any local elections, it would operate without any oversight from the Michigan Department of Education. And your tax dollars would be sent to this new super-district without any approval from your elected representatives.
Under this plan, this new school district will be able to open schools anywhere it wants in the state. The bills even say that the state can force your home district sell or lease some of the buildings your community owns to this new district if it wants to operate a school there.
These new schools are not required to meet the same quality requirements as local public schools – in fact, they need not follow the state’s assessment systems, making it impossible to compare school quality.
But the absolute worst part of the plan is that some of these schools will be managed by for profit operators and even corporations, and only some of our state’s students will be allowed to attend some of these schools.
There is a meeting that will give you important information about the bills our lawmakers are trying to pass before their "lame duck" session ends in December.
Date: Monday, December 3, 2012
Place: Rochester High School
180 S. Livernois, Rochester 48307
Afternoon Session: 4:00 P.M.
Evening Session: 6:30 P.M.
If you want to maintain local control over your community school and your tax dollars, tell your Governor (517) 373-3400 and legislators to oppose House Bills 6004, 5923 and Senate Bill 1358.