Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sample letter to Gov. Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: (517) 373-3400
Email: Click Here

Dear Governor Snyder:

We need to reinvest in our schools throughout the state and provide each and every student with a world-class education.  I believe your Oxford Foundation recommended proposal does exactly the opposite.  The proposed overhaul of Michigan’s school aid funding is a deeply flawed plan that would end community-run public education in Michigan by enacting nearly the same voucher system that Michigan voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2000.  It would create fiscal uncertainty for every single school in the state.  Call it what you like; “funding follows the child” is a voucher.  It does not matter that you limit the funding to public schools, because you have redefined “public schools” to include all manner of privately run, even for-profit, enterprises. 
Your plan will be disastrous to public education.   As a parent of two public school children, I am outraged and dismayed by this sledgehammer approach to public education and urge you to reject all of the Oxford Foundation’s recommendations.  We can address the issues of failing schools without failing our schools, our communities, or our children.  But this is most certainly not the way.
Very sincerely yours,