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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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