Students, Parents Protest School Cuts

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Their districts might be diferent, but their message is the same.

"I'm here to support children."

"I don't want them to make cuts on our education."

"We're here to protect our student funding."

Moms, dads, sons and daughters are descending on the Capitol Tuesday to tell lawmakers the latest bout of school cuts in the budget is unacceptable.

"I'm scared for my children," says Farmington parent Steffanie Webster, "not just with regards to education, but the opportunities for them, where will it take them."

The parents, students and teachers who are rallying Tuesday are angry, and righfully so. They're facing nearly $300 in per pupil cuts this year, which could devastate public education as they know it.

"We don't have anything at school already. We have to bring all our own stuff. We didn't used to have to do that. When they cut, we'll have even less," says Waverly freshman Misty Vaughn.

This grass roots protest, organized by three emails, had a twist, however. After the rally ended, every parent and student went to find their legislator.

One group of parents we met from Grand Ledge is hoping actually speaking face-to-face with lawmakers will help show them the reality of their children's education if the $300 per pupil cuts happen.

"They're going to be without. Whether it's bussing or sports or teachers, they're going to suffer in the long run," says Grand Ledge parent Robin Sheren.

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  • by Summer Location: Grand Blanc on Dec 2, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    I've been thinking about this a lot lately and I think it is about time we get some answers.Because I don't think I have any money left for all this fund raising thats been going around.Let's get together and get some answers plz.
  • by ryan Location: Lansing on Nov 25, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    The Michigan Lottery only gives 5% of the funding needed for Michigan's education.
  • by Educated and proud Location: Michigan and U.S. on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    I moved back to Michigan from Florida because I wanted to live in a state where education and solid family values came first. I understand that a successful society is one that nurtures and fosters the development of the upcoming citizens. It saddens me to think that there are people who are so self-centered that they can't see the benefits of taking care of the education and best interests of our youth --whether they are our own or not. We all will be in a better situation if we take care of the important things now. A well funded and strong education system is a must. This state is not a highly taxed state, but the funds are not being well managed. Don't agree to ruin the future of Michigan kids because you are angry......they didn't do this, but they can help fix it in the future if we let them.
  • by gimpy Location: Lansing on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    I like the idea of generating the $$ by reducing the State's exemption amount. I'm surprised that didn't generate more support.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    Some of these school districts have wasted money and created programs that squandered money. It is time to get back to the basics of teaching our kids morals and ethics. The rest of the education will come naturally.
  • by nick Location: okemos on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    what happened to all that lotto money??? There are billboards all around Michigan telling us how much has gone to our schools so far....more Michigan bullsh*t?
  • by nick Location: okemos on Nov 12, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Where is all that lotto money that's supposed to go to our schools??????????? Sell the Governor's mansion on Mackinac Island...there's a start!
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:05 PM
    Then there are us that have NO children and we feel we don't need to pay any more to fund YOUR children's education. No more tax increases!
  • by jerry on Nov 11, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    For some reason I think the ones running this state see more than we do.Why would schools get cut if they truly couldn't make it.I don't think it will be as bad as people think it will.If it really gets so bad,something will be found to to help support schools,but first schools need to prove what they really need to run.If ones in the upper part of running schools need to take pay cuts,so be it.I think some schools don't handle money correctly,and some fat needs trimmed.Us tax payers know kids need education,but we also know our property taxes keep climbing with added school tax.Sorry we would like to keep our homes and the already retired ones,with NO kids in school.They shouldn't have to pay school tax.Many have to give up homes due to tax and more tax,everything keeps going up in prices and it's just got out of hand.Force the government to get jobs into mi and have extra school tax taken out if you wish.Tax money goes for several things.With out jobs and the tax money next yr.??????
  • by supportschools Location: Lansing on Nov 11, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    "Parents can pay for it". Interesting position. I am a parent of school age children AND a taxpayer. I want MY tax dollars to support my children's education and I insist upon the availability of sports, fine arts and accelerated programs. Every other program can be on the table as far as I'm concerned. No whining involved, rather utilizing foresight. Curious that so many are offended by MY right to representation in my taxation.
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