One issue on November's ballot will have a huge impact on Saline Area Schools. Proposal 2 has the potential, if enacted, to cost the school district upwards of $1.5 million annually. The fact is, Proposal 2 will take money out of the classroom and reduce the student educational experience. I strongly recommend a NO vote on Proposal 2 in the November 6th election. Please consider the following impacts of Proposal 2.
Last year, lawmakers made it easier for principals to place the most effective teachers in the classroom and coach others toward effectiveness. This change in law ensured that our students were served by the BEST teachers, not merely the longest serving. If Proposal 2 passes, not only will key tenure reform laws be repealed, but also over 150 other laws that govern the way school districts relate to employees. Our students deserve the best of the best when it comes to teachers.
The legislature enacted laws that would require a shared sacrifice from our public employees by requiring that they pay at least 20 percent of their health care costs. This law saved school districts across the state more than $400 million and put more than $250 per student back into the classroom. In Saline, the impact was over $1 million. Proposal 2 will undo these reforms adding hundreds of millions of dollars in additional health care costs taking needed funding away from our students. Keep school dollars where they belong: in the classroom.
Last year, about half of Michigan's school districts were operating without teacher contracts. Despite that, school officials were able to ensure that the school year began on time and that students received the number of school days and hours they need and deserve. If Proposal 2 passes, each of these important items will become subject to negotiations and could result in the indefinite delay of school or shorter school years. Our children’s education shouldn’t be up for debate during contract negotiations.
Organizations including the Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of School Administrators, and Michigan School Business Officials have all recommended a NO vote on Proposal 2.
Please join me in voting NO on Proposal 2 to protect good teachers and our children's future education.
Secretary, Saline Area Schools Board of Education