Michigan Education Association

Michigan voters say yes to funding schools

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 4, 2009 Michigan voters sent a clear message on Election Day that they are willing to support new revenue for the thing they value most—education.

People going to the polls in communities from Oxford to Hamilton voted overwhelmingly to pass school bond proposals in dozens of different districts statewide. These ballot measures will provide millions in badly needed funding for local schools.

“State lawmakers should take notice,” said Michigan Education Association President Iris K. Salters. “The Senate has refused to even consider looking for new revenue, claiming citizens would not support it. Well, the citizens have spoken and it seems they will support additional revenue if it goes toward public schools.”

In Detroit, residents passed a bond proposal that will bring more than a half million dollars to the ailing district to build, repair and modernize schools. In North Muskegon, citizens approved a $1.7 million tax extension that will enable the district to buy computers and upgrade technology and security.
And voters in Huron Valley Schools supported two proposals, a bond to borrow $13.5 million for technology and school busses and a proposal to renew the state’s sinking fund.

“The vote is proof that Michigan residents are willing to invest in our schools,” said Huron Valley Education Association President Mike MacGregor. “In tough economic times, it says a lot about where voters’ priorities lie.”

“It’s clear they believe in public education and they believe in our children’s futures,” MacGregor added.

The Michigan Education Association is urging legislators to take the lead that voters have given them and work to actively find revenue to restore cuts to education funding statewide.

 

Contact:         Contact Kerry Birmingham, MEA Media Relations, 248-421-7222

 “The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”

Updated: October 20, 2009 10:10 AM