Written by Anne Savage

Snyder and Education

Snyder and Education by Anne Savage


After being elected in November 2010, Gov. Snyder said one of his top priorities was education funding. Just a few months later, he proposed a budget that cut $960 million from the state’s K-12 budget, slashing over 5% from school funding. This, he said, was “being fiscally responsible.”

“Programs that have been cut, fewer educators, bigger classrooms, lack of basic school supplies – we see it every day,” said Holly Daniels, a first grade teacher in Lansing.

Spending per child down $615 since 2008, nearly 10% adjusted for inflation


Michigan now spends more on prisons than higher education.

Spending per student in college down $1,817 a year since 2008

Even as Rick admits tuition costs are too high!

25% of the private charters in the nation are in Michigan and 80% of them are for-profit. For-profit charters receive the bulk of the $1 billion we spend on charters each year. And they operate with almost no accountability.

Gov. Snyder is telling public schools to “compete” and then giving them less resources. He is redirecting those resources to their “competition” – charter schools – that are profitizing education with our tax dollars.

Former Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency Mitch Bean points out that Snyder’s $1.6 billion business tax giveaway means less money going into the School Aid Fund. He is also redirecting K-12 money to higher education. Between the two, Gov. Snyder is slashing over $1 billion in classroom funding EVERY YEAR.

“If charter schools are not more successful on average than the public schools they replace, what is accomplished by demolishing public education? What is the rationale for authorizing for-profit charters or charter management organizations with high-paid executives, since their profits and high salaries are paid by taxpayers’ dollars?” – Diane Ravitch


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  Comments ( 4 )

  1. Taxpayers have a right to know the truth! Because of these cuts,our children are suffering. Because of these cuts, our teachers are suffering. Because of these cuts, excellence in education is lacking in the City of Detroit and the entire state of Michigan. We need a Governor who has “education” as his Number One Priority!

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