Budgets affect literacy

In his latest blog post, a local physician makes a connection between health literacy and funding for public schools.
Mark Brooky
Jul 9, 2013


While social media and advances in online video have created opportunities for physicians to better educate their patients, Dr. Brian Stork says people will still have to be technologically savvy, as well as possess good reading and writing skills.

"Unfortunately, this exciting opportunity to improve health literacy comes at a time when public schools across the nation are struggling from a lack of funding support," Stork writes in "Public school funding affects the future of health literacy."

Stork, a urologist for the Muskegon-based West Shore Urology, cites the deficit budgets that Michigan school districts — including the Grand Haven Area Public Schools — are dealing with, and how that will impact learning. His sources include Grand Haven Tribune stories.

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Say no to new taxes

What would a private sector company do if faced with the same financial scenario?
1. Pay for all employees would immediately be slashed by 20% (administration included)
2. The company would only fund 50% of employee insurance costs, co-pays increased.
3. Defined benefit pensions would be dumped in favor of 401k's.
Only after doing these things would customers (in this case TAXPAYERS) be asked for more money. Its time to hit the reset button on education costs which have greatly outpaced inflation and real wage gains by the average worker.


The problem with your logic is that schools are not in the private sector and cannot be run like that of a business! Unfortunately most people who believe the fix is just that easy have little to no experience within the school setting and have no knowledge of the realities teachers and administrators face. Have you had any conversations with teachers or administrators on whether or not they believe your approach would be effective? I bet many would end up leaving the field of education simply because the value put on education would once again be downgraded and the negative impact on the children would be sickening.

I am a teacher (not in GH) and would love to have you join me in the classroom for a week, spend some time in the teacher's lounge, and maybe even talk with a few parents, then lets see if you think the solution is simply cut employee pay and insurance benefits.

Say no to new taxes

I didn't say the my proposed cuts would be the total solution, but it would be a great start showing commitment towards living within a fixed budget. You claim such cuts would result in many leaving the teaching profession, where would they go? Would they sign up with a temp company and work in a local factory in 90 degree heat for $10 per hour with no benefits? Doubtful at best. Teaching is not an easy profession, but neither is many jobs in the private sector that have seen pay and benefit cuts of 25% over the past ten years. When this country decided to ship the bulk of our manufacturing jobs overseas, we accepted a future of declining tax revenues and education must accept its share of those cuts. Get use to it, it's not going to change anytime soon.


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