Schools need a state budget!

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On March 5, 2019 Michigan Governor Whitmer proposed a state budget. Today is August 26, 2019 and the budget has yet to be adopted. Our “Great” state is gearing up to shut down October 1.  Our legislators have been on sumer recess despite the governor asking for them to work until a budget is approved.
Our students deserve a state budget! It will provide stability and funding for their classrooms. Most school districts had to set budgets for the 2019-2020 school year in July. Not knowing funding levels for this school year, means districts have made conservative budgets, not funding extra supplies or staffing to create smaller classes. When a budget passes districts might change staffing (if they can find teachers) and order supplies but this impact the students, shifting their schedules. I urge any Michigan Citizen to write their legislators NOW so our students can receive a well funded education! Below is the letter I wrote to my legislators if you need a template for your letter.  If you need to find your legislators the MEA can help you here.
Dear Legislator;
As the 2019-2020 school year begins most school districts are under a cloud of uncertainty. This is the first time in a decade that there is not a state budget before the school year starts. Most School’s financial year starts July 1. School have to adopt budgets and plan staffing for the year. Without a budget this creates uncertainty. Schools plan conservatively so cuts don’t have to happen once school starts. This means schools are understaffed and students might have to change classrooms and teachers once a state budget offers some stability. Michigan students need our state budget NOW!
Please get back to work, working with all parties to adopt a fair budget that provides the stability and opportunity for ALL students seeking a public education in this state.
Thank you for your time and efforts.
Sincerely
Todd Bloch
7th grade science teacher
Parent of 3
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