This week’s report on Morenci Area Schools’ financial status paints a grim picture of future school operations. It’s little comfort to know we’re not alone. Many Michigan schools are in serious trouble, and looking across the border, Fayette is also forecast to reach the deficit stage in a couple of years if funding doesn’t change.
In Michigan, the governor’s proposed budget does not indicate that help is on the way. It’s true that Governor Rick Snyder aims to restore some of the funding that was cut last year—a loss of more than half a million dollars for Morenci—but his budget won’t come close to meeting the district’s needs.
Instead, there are proposals in Lansing for additional for-profit charter schools and on-line “cyber schools,” and for more reliance on standardized test scores in order to obtain funding.
It’s a mystery how politicians continue to call for better results from public education—the free schools that all children are entitled to attend—while shifting their attention and resources away from the public education system