Thursday, March 10, 2011
One of the reasons school districts have "large" fund balances is to avoid borrowing to meet short term cash shortages. (This became a systemic problem back in 1997 when then Governor Engler got the bright idea to delay state aid payments as a way to fund (yet another) tax cut.) In the long run, raiding the cash surpluses will force districts to borrow more to meet their short term obligations. And, doesn't this state already have borrowing capacity issues?
Here's what's happening. The STATE creates a crisis and then uses the crisis as a pretext to justify stripping local governments of local control.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
"A plan to offer $50 million in incentives to consolidate school districts and share services is dead, an influential state senator says, because Gov. Jennifer Granholm didn't give lawmakers details on how the plan would work.
But Granholm aides said she still backs the plan and hopes money can be authorized by the end of her term.
Under the proposal, school districts would be eligible for competitive grants to cover expenses created through efforts to either share services or even erase district boundaries."
Click on the title of this article or below for the article in the GR Press:www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/10/granholm_lawmakers_debate_who.html