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Letter to the editor

State sacrificing its children

September 14, 2011 -  The government of Michigan is shirking its responsibility to the people of Michigan with the package of education reform bills introduced Sept. 7, 2011.   Under the guise of "parental choice," our legislature is sacrificing the state's children at the altar of the free market, forcing the most vulnerable to compete on an unlevel playing field.  We are witnessing nothing less than the dismantling of public education, piece-by- piece. 

In low-performing districts, those parents with the transportation, money, time and ability can choose to send their child to a school outside of their communities. But what about the children who will be

left behind, whose parents may not have the means or may not care?  By its Darwinian actions, including lack of adequate funding for public schools, our legislature is dooming these children—and their schools—to failure, with little hope for the future.  Whatever happened to championing the common good? In case you need a refresher course, here's the definition from a Michigan Department of Education resource, Helping Teachers Teach and Children Learn, under "Core Values of American Constitutional Democracy":

 Common good: public or common good requires that individual citizens have the commitment and motivation—that they accept their obligation—to promote the welfare of the community and to work together with other members for the greater benefit of all.

 Prosperity will continue to elude Michigan until social and economic justice prevails for all of her people, not just the fortunate few.

Amy Marcaccio Keyzer

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