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Snyder hurting Esky students

April 13, 2011
By Michele Burley Lemire - Superintendent of Escanaba Area Public Schools , Daily Press

ESCANABA - School districts are working hard to develop a budget and programs for the next school year. Lawmakers are in the process of debating legislation to reduce dollars for K-12 education, while also removing local control for how and where these dollars are spent. The headline of the Kalamazoo Gazette on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, quoted Gov. Rick Snyder, saying that his proposed cut in K-12 funding would be "difficult" for local school districts, but denied it is an attempt to break the unions. He also said that he is not advocating rollbacks in salaries, saying he sees the bigger changes occurring in benefits. "We would want to hurt people's pay as little as possible," he said. He said, "there's lots of room for reforms that will allow districts to absorb the cuts" He suggests that employees pay 20 percent of insurance costs and cut 10 percent of non-instructional spending.



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