May 30, 2011
Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature are proposing to cut school spending by $370 to $470 per pupil. School districts can save $100 per pupil only if they agree to the politicians’ idea of "best practices." The requirements include:
1. Making school employees pay at least 10% of their health care premiums.
2. Working toward consolidating services – in other words, laying off workers.
3. Obtaining competitive bids for non-instructional services – that is, outsource other jobs to low-wage companies.
4. Self-insure their workers' health care.
“Best practices”? Only for all those corporations who want to put their hands on the schools’ money.