The Michigan Education Association is mounting a grassroots effort to win back the $971 million it has lost due to inflation over the last two years in state aid. That state support has remained stagnant at $6,700 for the last two years and the union says its time to change that since costs have gone up during that time frame.
The group was told that education has fallen to number three among the priorities for voters. Health care and the economy had leap froged schools. MEA members were also told that 54% believe local schools can cut more form their budgets while those schools claim they have cut too much.
Thirty-eight percent of the voters believe school taxes are too high while 53% says they are about right. The MEA says it will stop offering ways to raise the money saying that is the job of legislators.
Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick