Poll: Opposition To Combining School Budgets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Poll: Most voters oppose combining school funding.

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Ashley King works on a drafting exercise on technology in the classroom during Cathy Seguin’s language arts class at Osborne Middle School on Thursday. The exercise is in preparation for the upcoming state writing assessment that all eighth-graders must take. Last year, Osborne Middle had the highest writing scores on the assessment.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A majority of Michigan voters questioned in a recent poll oppose a proposal to combine the state's kindergarten through 12th grade budget with allocations for community colleges.
Sixty-eight percent of 600 people surveyed in the Lansing-based EPIC-MRA poll released Friday say they are against the proposal, while 14 percent say they favor it. Eighteen percent say they are undecided.
The poll was conducted Feb. 12 through Feb. 17 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Combining the revenue might make it easier to fund community colleges, but also could decrease per-pupil funding for K-12 students.
Seventy-four percent of those surveyed also say they oppose a proposal to combine higher education budget costs with kindergarten through 12 grade and community college costs.

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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Feb 28, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Why doesn't anyone mention the excessive cost of teaching staff and other overhead? The only thing that is ever mentioned is the reduction per student formula, but never any reduction in cost. Too many fingers in the education pie maybe? Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    two polls used in the same news cast, WILX is on an agenda.
  • by Vikingstaff Location: Haslett on Feb 26, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    It is all part of republicans undermining public education! Anyone that has seen the problems being created in public schools due to the severe budget restraints forced on schools understands the impact it is having on students and student programs. For years all we hear is there is not enough money in the budget, so we need to cut, cut, cut education. Then, whenever we have a surplus in the school aid fund the republicans then want to move other program's funding into that fund, or syphon off funding for other programs. Watch: The minute they do this, you will hear republicans again saying there isn't enough education money, and we need to make further education cuts. This isn't about education funding, this is about anti-education and anti-educator agendas at the hands of Michigan republicans. Good Grief Charlie Brown. What kind of State do we want to live in? Vote pro-education in the next election!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    How many schools can we close & ship students somewhere else.Won't it crowd class rooms.At the price of gas and it going up,busing students will also be costly.People can't afford any more added to property taxes,to help out schools.We need to start at the top & see what some are being paid per county.Then see if wages can be cut.However will that be allowed?Still property taxes must be paid on empty schools.Up keep & all sort of stuff will still remain on schools.How many want to buy schools and do what with them.Then all the high gas prices will bring other prices up,and even if things change the prices never go down when gas does.Greed is going to ruin many countries.Then what happens.
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