- for Unwarranted Expulsions
- K-12 Funding
- Kindergarten Start Date Legislation
- Talk to your school district administrators and school board about implementing restorative practices.
- Talk with your legislators regarding your concerns with our zero tolerance laws.
- Help to make sure that every child is treated fairly and justly; work to ensure that all children receive a quality education.
- An increase in mandatory contributions to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System will increase costs to local school districts.
- Michigan PTA supports all day kindergarten. However, Governor Snyder’s budget does not provide additional funding for implementation. School districts will incur increased costs switching from ½ day to full day kindergarten. We urge the Governor and the Legislature to provide additional funding to support this great initiative.
- Phase-in over three years, as proposed in Senate Bill 315. However, we would like to see the phase-in process begin in the 2013-2014 school year. The phase-in would minimize the impact on school districts as the start date changes. Waiting until 2013-2014 allows families who will be impacted time to make plans for other childcare and preschool arrangements.
- Waiver request opportunity, with individual school districts determining the requirements for a waiver. School districts should determine their process by how they will assess readiness.
- Apply the savings from implementation of this legislation to readiness programs for children impacted by the change in kindergarten start date. Michigan PTA advocates for early childhood education; this is a perfect opportunity to begin funding quality pre-kindergarten.
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