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Those words have some truth.
A couple of days ago I read an article on political will and K-12 considerations. Author Ken Braun had noted the seemingly lackluster efforts of Tea Party type groups. Or perhaps at the very least, the perception of said groups' efforts in providing little backbone to our newly elected Republican and conservative lawmakers. Braun notes the media response to low pressure being applied:
"For all of the criticism he has taken from fiscal conservatives over not asking for more spending cuts to offset his business tax plan, it is important to remember that Gov. Snyder appears to have very accurately estimated the low level of courage within his own party for such a policy. And the Lansing media was even shocked by the low level of tea party pressure being applied on GOP lawmakers refusing to make even his modest K-12 cuts."
Indeed, the silence has been deafening.
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Ok.. maybe that's the way our state would like to continue the dialogue.. With reform stalled in the Senate, the legislators have gone home to their districts. School pension reform could mean that a $118 cut per K-12 pupil would not happen for the 2011 school year. Per CapCon..
A K-12 school aid budget recently passed by the Michigan Senate would use the savings from this plan to maintain the current year's per-pupil funding for Michigan's school districts. But without pension reform, the Senate funding plan would require a $118 per student cut for fiscal 2011.
The stall however is in the Republican controlled senate, where an unholy alliance of certain republicans and the MEA has logjammed any forward progress.
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