I just received a letter in the mail from SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS. It, to my surprise, acknowledged that the Southfield & Lathrup Village School system is in crisis. I was surprised even more when they reported that they are proposing reducing the size of the school operation and closing down several schools and going to a consolidation program. They are cutting many services (which they say they can't afford) and are now dedicated to living within their reduced budget. WOULD THIS NOT BE A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE TO OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHAT A CONCEPT -- LIVING WITHIN YOUR BUDGET. SOMEONE TELL MR. OBAMA OF THIS NEW WAY OF THINKING. The solution which was chosen was brought about in part by the city not having the option to print it's own money.


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Comment by Rondal Mullins on February 10, 2010 at 12:39pm
Hello Jan from Westland,

I could tell horror stories about Southfield Schools. My son left Southfield High when he was ending his Junior year to go to Kentucky (rural) and lived with his grandmother so as to avoid the (reverse) racial discrimination of an 80% black school where there was certain hallways that the whites dare not go. I just wanted to be positive for a change. Thanks to responding to my blog. I was beginning to think that no one was listening to me. Another thing is their huge letters on the front of the school which read "AN EXEMPLARY SCHOOL". Who's in charge of fact-checking that one?

Comment by Jan in Westland on February 10, 2010 at 6:37am
Don't praise Southfield Schools for their actions. All school districts in Michigan are being forced to
take there cost cutting actions. I served on a committee in Westland to do the same, closing school
buildings and consolidating operations.

Much of our tax dollars are sent to Lansing where it is redistributed to other districts. The federal stimulus
dollars allocated to schools had not been paid during the time I was on the committee. Union contracts
that were up for renewal were negotiated to with Michigan economy in mind. Union contracts not up for
negotiations remained the same without any request for the union to renegotiate the contracts.

Two citizens recommended, of which I was one, the school district and unions renegotiate the contracts
to balance the budget.
Comment by patriotm1 on February 10, 2010 at 12:29am
Reducing scope creep on the curriculum side of things and mitigating the impact of the NEA would help in many ways as well.

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