Deep Education Cuts Troubling for Local Schools

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Lansing School Board President Shirley Rodgers is facing a major dilemma. Gov. Snyder's cuts of $470 per pupil would mean an additional $6 million in lost funding on top of $11-$21 million in deficits Lansing schools were already facing.

"I don't know, to be honest with you, what we're going to do," said Rodgers. "For me it's a Catch 22 situation. I'm supposed to educate to the highest level with no money, and I don't know how any District is expected to do that."

"If you look statewide there are between 40 and 50 districts in negative funding," said Ingham Intermediate School District Superintendent Stanley Kogut. "In our county I believe this will push some over the edge as well."

Kogut points out that there's a key difference between the private sector and education when it comes to budget cuts.

"When you have cuts of this magnitude, you can't just lay people off," said Kogut. " You still have to service students that come through the door."

Teachers and parents at a girls' basketball game in Potterville had different takes on the proposed drop in funding.

"It's just gonna be one of [those] things where everybody's going to have to learn how to trim back," said parent Ryan Garn. "It's going to be across the board and i know it's tough, but we all have to learn to live within our means."

"It's terrible," said Richelle Deo, a teacher at Potterville schools. "They're looking at making classroom sizes larger, they're cutting teachers. It's already down to the bare bones."


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  • by lacal on Feb 20, 2011 at 03:25 AM
    Anonymous--public schools must educate EVERYBODY--private schools can choose not to accept children with special needs. Private schools also do not provide transportation, or retirement programs for their teachers and staff.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    Stop robbing our children!!!!! They didn't create this mess and they shouldn't be any part of the "sacrifice!"
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    can schools just shut down due to not enough funding.Maybe closing all mich schools for 1 yr would save?Sound rather foolish but that is about where we are at.If the tax on business works & attracts a lot of businesses,that would be great.But if schools are bad & prices of everything in Michigan is so high like the GAS tax,why would any good business man want to put his family through all that stuff.Oh that's right business owner says richer than most in Mich.Will we get jobs or not?Because after all the tax changes for businesses & all the cuts on the people,WHAT IF JOBS DON"T COME TO MICH OR ONES HERE DON"T HIRE A LOT MORE PEOPLE.Many people can't keep buying stuff as prices go up,companies will be loosing profit,if people don't buy.Makes no sense does it.all a scam to get some rich.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Most of the changes that are being made are to programs that people think are entitlement. Unless people are willing to ante up their own for some of these 'entitlements' who is going to pay for. The shrinking pot will be disappearing soon.
  • by Blake Davis on Feb 18, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Thank god we have a governor that really cares and wants to change things in Michigan. And THANK GOD it isnt Virg Bernero!
  • by Jen Location: Mi on Feb 18, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    Guess we should have voted for verg, eh??? Next Time !!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    Make the poor people pay for what the government has been causing for years. Rick may be will to work for FREE so to speak.However he is way to rich to understand what any one below 50,000$ a yr goes through.Has to pick on people retired & on social security.Is causing more problems for schools,& trying to for counties to beg people for MORE money . Sorry more are broke & already in poverty.They keep saying so many things are going up in prices,even food & clothing.How many is that going to hurt.Give us regular people a break.Why put us in poverty further?Get JOBS INTO MICH.Then tax us all a fair tax.What your trying to do Rick is way to fast& I see a crash coming.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    private schools do it with half the money. Why are public schools different?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Cuts& more cuts! A big business man will save MIch.To fast-to soon-to quick.Get the ax out & go fast.All be ready to see schools close,schools that will need repairs,too many kids in a class room.Teachers laid off,more to loose jobs.The general public does NOT want any more added to their property taxes & will say NO! Go rick,go.One thing at a time.I say get JOB into mich first.See what that collects & pays for & no programs need cut or the poor won't have to loose more than they have.Most live on shoe string incomes[something Rick don't know anything about]Rich people?
  • by Anonymous Location: Gl on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    We have trimmed back and have been doing so in Grand Ledge for many years now. There is still a huge issue with inequitable funding in this state and it is compounded with yet more cuts. It is not as easy as some people think. I can cut back on my level of digital cable or not eat out as often, but we can't just cut back on educating children. There are fixed costs and mandated levels of accountability that must be met. Districts can't just cut back every year and continue to service children properly.
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