Be a squeaky wheel

To the Editor: I want to thank the Grand Haven school board for all their hard work and dedication to the students of GHAPS.
Jun 24, 2013


Setting a budget for the next school year, when the funds aren’t there, had to be very trying. The staff layoff had to be a difficult conclusion.

I realize (and hope others do, too) that, after many years of declining funds, you've turned over every last rock in hopes of not making cuts in the classroom (thank you for that). The staff layoff isn't what any of us wanted; unfortunately, I understand that it was your only option at this point.

If we (parents, guardians and others) want this to change, we have to stop taking a back seat and make some noise. We need to write or call our state representatives and tell them we want more funds (for our children’s sake).

You know the saying: "The squeaky wheel always gets the oil" — it's true! If you don’t know where to begin, get in touch with a school board member, a school principal or the PTA — they can all help you. We need to stop this downward spiral before it affects our children!

— Vikki Szymas, Spring Lake Township



Find out how many of the present state senators and Reps send their kids to private schools and don't support public education. This has been the issue all along and have tried to get the state to financially support the private schools. The states lottery system was sold to the public to partial support funding for the the public schools... but we all know that is not happening.


no??? Then this must be BS??...


The lotto does contribute money to the schools. However, that just allows the state to spend money that would otherwise be spent on schools elsewhere--it is not, as the ads would seem to imply, additional funding.


OH, OK, let's see it from your perspective- they do contribute the money, but not as they imply. OK, sure thing.
Really, $17.3 BILLION to education in 39 years of lottery is NOT chump change. And a record $778.4 million contribution last year shows you have been playing A LOT hoping for that easy money!


"The Sales Tax and Lottery Myth.
Over the last 15 years, the portion of total school revenues from the state sales tax and the state-run lottery has steadily decreased. In 1995, they contributed 32 percent and 5 percent, respectively. In 2010, they’re expected to make up just 21 percent and 3.5 percent of all school funds."


'Portion' decreases, but funds contributed increase. See any myth here?


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