|Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:35 PM|
The article by Brian McVicar for M-Live reported by MIRS exposes the inconsistency in State Government within the GOP dominated legislature. The State's Treasury Department wasn't consulted by Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee stated that the 72,000,000 allocated to the DPSD to cover payroll through the summer, plus transition costs of 30 million-which seems to leave a net of 40,000,000 that proffers a difference of only 5,000,000 from What AFT is asking for or 45,000,0000. The State Treasury said in a statement that I could not quantify in so many words the claims made by the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Talk about compartmentalization! LOL
Alarming further is what was said by a House Democrat from Sterling Heights about an attempt to disband the full faith of The State of Michigan's agreement with the School Teachers who are already under paid "House Democrats also criticized a provision in the legislation that would prohibit existing union contracts at DPS from being transferred to the proposed community district. Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights, argued the move amounted to "union busting," while keeping inordinate high salaries of administrators in the district averaging 120,000.00 per year compared to a teacher who is paid under 40,000.00
Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing makes too much sense: ""If there is a charter school that has a D, E and F, why are we allowing them to continue? Singh asked. "If there's a public school that has an F, why are we allowing them to continue? This will actually tell those schools you have "x" amount of time to change and if you don't we are going to close you down.""
Another example of a compartmentalization is the difference in what the Senate and Governor wanted and what the House approved which equates to a difference of 200,000,000! My additional concern why the DEC is not an elected and why the Detroit School Board can not carry this function out after a new election. And if they can does the Charter for the School District need to be changed?
Currently, the DPSD is operating under a Green, Yellow and Red system-Green being Good, Yellow being Cautionary, and Red being terrible! As an educator I favor plus minus grading-so I like the ABCD plan but would like to see plus minus grading at the macro level and in the classroom as well. It gives educators more vetting room because trust me every kid is not a pure ABCD they are more then likely along the 4.33 scale and not the 4.0 scale.
This writer is in agreement with Brad Williams except again I think this can be performed by an added scope of the Detroit School Board. I will be asking Lamar Lemmons what he thinks on my show 96West on this Friday at 11am Live on Channel 91 Comcast.