LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Privatizing schools

Jun 20, 2011

The school custodians are some of the first casualties in the Republican War against public education. These school custodians were dedicated to the welfare of the students. The school custodians give the extra effort to maintain the buildings so the students and teachers could focus on education. This extra effort, care and dedication provided by the school custodians cannot be obtained in the language of a contract.

Because of the unnecessary Republican budget cuts and fear of having an emergency manager take over the Spring Lake schools, our locally-controlled school, the school board privatized the custodial services.

While the custodians are the first casualties, there will be more. Next year, there will be more Republican budget cuts, public schools will be forced to use their reserves and Spring Lake Public School will be forced into a financial emergency. The financial emergency will justify the takeover by one of the 400 emergency managers being trained by the state. The emergency manager will lead the way to achieve the Republican agenda of a complete privatization of public schools.  

When the emergency manager arrives and takes over the Spring Lake school district, you, the voter, will be disenfranchised. Your vote will be meaningless. You will no longer be able to vote for school board members.   

If you doubt it will happen here, just ask your brothers and sisters in Benton Harbor, Detroit or Pontiac. It is happening in their community and it will happen here.

— Don Munski, Spring Lake

Comments

Realvoter

In my opinion, the unionized educational employees act like they work for the union, not the school system. Voters do not get to vote for union activities, so i don't feel that there is any reason to complain to the voters about reasonable attempts to save the tax payers money. Wake up, Mr. Munski, no political party is wasting their time aggravating the Lefties.

the kid

Blaming it on the Republicans??? Someone has to keep our deficits under control and if cutting the school budget is part of that effort, more power to the Republicans...although we should have a third party to offset the irresponsiblity that has been a part of both parties actions that brought us to this point...The growing government deficits require attention and surveillance from all of us in order to avoid a government takeover of not only the schools but of all aspects of our lives - and our children's and grandchildrens' and our pocketbooks...We're not far behind the plights of Greece, Portugal, Spain, etc. etc. etc...

jb

Unnecessary? What world are you living in?

Perhaps cuts to the pensions would have been a more appropriate action to save our custodians' jobs.

Well, there's always next time though when the next round of cuts are in order, aye? I mean, since ya'll care so much.

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