Sunday, January 15, 2012
Important!! All Day Kindergarten Funding Cuts
We need to get communication out to our legislators about All Day Kindergarten. This is not an academic issue or an issue only for parents of Kindergarten students. This is another straight funding cut. The cut comes from the common sense desire of the framers of Proposal A who did not want to dictate the use of every dollar sent to local districts. They felt that each grade level had a different level of funding needs and that these decisions could be made on the local level, thereby sending the same amount for a Kindergarten student as a high school student. Our current legislators frame this as the school districts "ripping off" Lansing and they demand to set the funding for Kindergarten at half the amount of the full day student. So, we will face a $900,000 cut if we keep our program as it is and a $450,000 cut if we ramp up our program. Either way, this is an extreme cut when we are already facing multiple cuts and federal income declines as well as multiple other changes in education laws that have to be addressed. This isn't the time to add All Day Kindergarten cuts to Michigan K-12 schools. Please consider the following letter:
Dear Ms. Posthumus-Lyons:
The proposal to reduce funding for districts operating half-day kindergarten programs is yet another huge blow to the public schools on top of the already unsustainable cuts the legislature and Governor imposed in the last budget.