At our 12 June meeting, there were a number of questions raised about what we all can do to change how schools are funded – at the state and local level. (Questions about private giving will be in a separate discussion.) Here are some the key questions raised:
“What can the public, and especially parents, do right now to address the funding crisis we face? What are the Board of Education, the AAEA, and the district administration currently doing?”
“What is Ann Arbor specifically doing to fight back at the state level? As perhaps the signature district in the state, do we not have a ‘bully pulpit’ to speak out?”
“What is the best (most effective) way for us (private citizens) to put pressure on our legislators to support education?”
“What can we do on a state-wide basis to increase tax revenue in order to restore the school aid fund?”
“Was not the purpose of Proposal A to better equalize per student funding? What makes a student in Ann Arbor more important than a student in Marquette?… Can Proposal A be repealed? Who might be lobbying for this?”
Let’s hear some ideas!
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