Michigan Charter Schools Attempt Millage-Pillage & 20 Years of Arizona School Carpetbagging

And from the “Ain’t It Ironic” department… Charter schools in Michigan decided they want a level playing field. “We have ten percent of our students who attend charter schools in my county,” said bill sponsor Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “And I feel like it’s an equity issue.” (link) The GOP leaders aren’t satisfied with just dipping their corporate bills into state per-pupil funding (with far less oversight needed than traditional schools), they now want a piece of local districts’ property tax millage. Michigan Senate Bill 574 proposes a handy crossed-out edit of the 1976 law… It’s just one little edit–few would notice or even really grasp the big deal.  And it’s one way to fix a “broken system,” much like repairing your car by removing a tire.  But Randy Liepa of Wayne RESA responds… “Charter schools by and large don’t have to pay into the retirement system for their teachers. Typically they don’t… Read More…

Why Not a Charter Government–If 80% Raises for Everyone Doesn’t Make Sense?

Click here to read… 80-90% Pay Raises! Come and Get ‘Em! On a quiet Sunday, the Detroit Free Press has reported that the State of Michigan, under Governor Snyder, has decided it’s time to start paying people what they’re worth. “The State of Michigan quietly increased the salaries of its top investment officials in the Treasury Department by more than 80% this year, saying it was too difficult to attract and keep qualified people under the former pay rates.”  (Source:  Detroit Free Press) This is the same governor who agreed that Right to Work was not a good idea for Michigan and that he would not sign such a bill–then quickly signed this bill during last December’s lame-duck New Year’s Eve party. This is the same governor who has captained over a hundred laws crippling labor unions, raising health care costs and taxing retirees’ pensions. Charter schools are on the… Read More…