Legislation would rob public schools to pay for charter schools
I am writing with serious concerns about the “Parent Empowerment” package. The name of this package is deceitful. It would be more appropriately named, the “Charter, Cyber, for Profit School Empowerment” Package.
Due to the amount of tax dollars that are taken from the public schools and placed in the hands of private investors, it is the height of irresponsibility for our elected body to enact these bills.
As a citizen and taxpayer, I am asking all members of the Michigan House of Representatives to vote “no” on the “Parent Empowerment” package bills. This is a blatant misuse of public funds, that have been allocated for public education. The money being used to fund these private, for-private educational companies belongs to the citizens of Michigan. More specifically the public educational system.
If there is disagreement as to how that money is being used in the public sector, then the majority of the citizens of Michigan should decide how the system is changed, just as we did in 1994 with the passage of Proposal A.
Our K-12 educational system is not for sale. What happens when these private, for profit companies, sell out to investors that do not have the best interest of our children in mind? We have witnessed what can happen, and it’s a nightmare. Wall Street is still recovering from irresponsible, unethical investors, and many families may never recover their losses.
Should these companies lose ground, who do we go to? Members of an elected school board? Superintendents? Taxpayers? No, we will be subjected to an executive board, a CEO and shareholders.
This is not a very good scenario. As people continue piecing their lives back together, it is entirely possible that we will see another tax payer bail out in a few years, if these bills pass. Only this time it won’t be the mortgage companies, or the auto companies, it will be the educational companies.
All of you, that are supporting these bills, are gambling with our children’s education. These are major changes to the way our educational system functions in this state, and these changes need to be approved by the taxpayers. What you are proposing, equates to the legislation passing proposal A, without a popular vote.
Allowing large for profit companies to benefit so generously on our tax dollars, allocated for public education, is unethical. Before millions of dollars are taken from our state, unregulated, our citizens need time to understand exactly what all of this means to their families. I fear there will be serious consequences as a result of your decisions.