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School Funding Reform Getting From Here to There. Michigan EPFP November 16, 2009 Tom White, Chair, SOS. Our Situation Legislative action/in-action? Senate R’s – funding and taxes D’s and reform agenda A “new normal” for Michigan’s Economy Do we know/accept what this means?

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school funding reform getting from here to there

School Funding ReformGetting From Here to There

Michigan EPFP

November 16, 2009

Tom White, Chair, SOS

environment
Our Situation

Legislative action/in-action?

Senate R’s – funding and taxes

D’s and reform agenda

A “new normal” for Michigan’s Economy

Do we know/accept what this means?

Deep cuts this year and next… and then?

Fewer dollars becomes the new normal?

A new system for school funding?

Environment
environment1
Unprecedented times

Gridlock in Lansing

Significant risks

Need for change

Financial

Transforming education

Blood in the streets necessary?

Environment
about us
Save Our Students/Schools/State

Coalition started by MELG in September

Meeting, December 4 with other groups

Three Point Mission

Fix Michigan’s school funding system

Create a proposal addressing state revenues

Coalescing with others

About Us
sos mission
2. Communication and Grass Roots Advocacy

Provide materials, information and background

Utilize electronic and social media

Create system and support for grass roots

Provide support, direction, materials

MASA Regional Presidents’ role

Like never before

SOS Mission
sos mission1
SOS Mission
  • Support efficiency and effectiveness
    • Open to change
    • Facilitate thoughtful self-evaluation
    • In both management and educational processes
    • Legislative agenda for reform
    • Goal to reduce costs and increase effectiveness
    • MASA Lead Forward
activities
Activities
  • Long-term strategy with short-term elements
  • Develop Website
    • Videos, issues papers, supportive information
  • Developing an infrastructure for a campaign
  • Speakers bureau, polling, economic analyses
  • Sharing and shopping ideas/meeting with others
  • Much more
the tough questions
The ToughQuestions
  • How do we address the full state budget situation?
    • Not just about education funding
  • How do we avoid the tendency for school community to fragment and work at cross purposes?
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The Tough Questions
  • Can this just be about funding of schools?
    • Openness to change and thoughtful self-evaluation
    • Generate ideas/actions for both education of students and management of schools
  • Will schools be willing to tell their stories despite the short-term, “choice” consequences? What will help?
the tough questions2
The ToughQuestions
  • Can we get a groundswell of grassroots support?
    • Willingness to increase revenues/taxes?
    • How to engage?
  • Are schools prepared for, “the new normal”?
    • What is it?
    • What should we be doing?
the tough questions3
The ToughQuestions
  • Can we do this legislatively or do we need a ballot proposal?
  • Can we do this as the school management community alone?
  • Who can we coalesce with/at what cost?
the tough questions4
The Tough Questions
  • Why can’t K-12 education take cuts like other budget areas? We (the legislature) have cut state government by 20-30%, cities and counties and universities have been cut… why not us?
  • What about pay and benefits for public school employees?
messaging
Messaging
  • Education is an economic development issue
    • Good educational systems attract/sustain businesses
    • Education works for students and society
  • Just cutting education funding and hoping for the best is like creating potholes and expecting them to fill themselves… it takes a “fix” not wishful thinking
messaging1
Messaging
  • We need school funding reform… the status quo is not working for taxpayers or schools LANSING DO YOUR JOB
  • The impact of funding cuts in our district is/will be…
  • Reverse the cuts… give us time to prepare
revenue options and issues
Revenue Options and Issues
  • Graduated income tax
  • Loopholes
  • Sales tax on services
  • Local options
  • Fixing infrastructure issues
  • Fixing the business tax climate
our assets
Our Assets
  • Belief in the value of public education
  • Evidence/data to support our beliefs
  • Willingness to transform education
  • Passion of members of our communities, parents, colleagues
  • Potential for broad network and support