2011.09.14 Sally Kruger: Senate Bill 618 undermines education

Written by David Green.

A good education is supposed to be a thing of value, but the Michigan State Legislature seems determined to undermine public education in our state. The latest attack on education is Senate Bill 618 proposed by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) which allows school districts to outsource teachers.

What this means is that teachers can be hired by a third party circumventing a local school district’s need to pay into the retirement system and would drastically limit the amount required in other benefit payments. Such a system would mean teachers could be hired much like temp agencies hire temporary workers to fill the short-term needs of a corporation.  

Education offers our young people a chance to provide a decent future for themselves and their families. Privatizing the hiring of teachers will not encourage the best and the brightest to enter the field of education. If this honorable career path is going to be treated as simply another job slot to be filled with little regard for the training and dedication required of quality teachers, our young people are about to be cheated out of a fundamental resource for a secure future.

If Senate Bill 618 or any of the current legislation aimed at undermining public education concerns you, please write to your representatives in Lansing. Let them know that our young people are the future of this state and the backbone of a strong state economy. Our children need a quality education to be productive workers and citizens.

– Sally Kruger

Gorham St., Morenci

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