Improve the Fiscal Clarity, distribution of funds and accountability process’ muddy waters need to be filtered.
Ideology drives secrecy and lack of transparency in fiscal details. Corruption is sure to follow. Do not drink polluted waters.
Problems . . .
a. $14 billion in education funding is nearly 50% of state tax revenues ( $29 billion). We do not have a funding problem. Schools should be getting over $10,000 per student (1.5 million students). This is enough money to: ‐Build a state of the art aircraft carrier. ($13 billion USS Gerald Ford) OR, ‐Buy an international airline company ($2 billion, Alaska Airlines buys Virgin Atlantic) AND, purchase a global business corp. ($7 billion, Carlyle Group to buy Halliburton Baker Hughes), leaving a surplus!
b. The basis for distribution of funds and the processes involved need an overhaul. Lansing should direct funds to localities, let them be responsible for direct spending, and require accountability for every taxpayer dollar.
c. What is the indebtedness of the Department? How much of budgeted funds go to teacher retirement? What are the measurable benefits of these two factors as a ratio of the budget? Surplus dollars should remove these burdens.
And Solutions . . .
*It is time for cost analysis for at least the education budget in Michigan.
*It is time for teachers to get real for payment and career track expectations.
*It is time for education unions to be curbed. They are leeches on our student’s academic blood flow.