In a time of tightened wallets, everyone must make sacrifices. There is one area that should remain somewhat protected from all these budget cutbacks, and this is the education of our children.
Before Governor Jennifer Granholm announced her budget proposal on March 6, there was talk of large cuts in education, including cutting general school aid and K-12 categorical funding for low-income students. However, Governor Granholm listened to Michigan residents and decided to shield many of the education programs from the budget axe. Her budget provides funding for the School Readiness Program, a pre-school program for at-risk children, increases funding for the school breakfast program, maintains the $6,700 per pupil budget in all school districts, and provides for the Reading First Initiative.
We therefore support Governor Granholm in her decision to protect the education of Michigan\'s children.
This petition (along with a paper petition) will be mailed to Governor Granholm by June 1, 2003. If you support our efforts to preserve educational funding for Michigan\'s schools, please add your signature below.
This petition is sponsored by a group of Teacher Education students from Michigan State University. You can contact us at the following email addresses: Maria Garcia-Mugg (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jacqueline George (email@example.com),Erin Huber(firstname.lastname@example.org) Keyan MacCune (email@example.com), Katie Batema (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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http://www.lsj.com/news/capitol/030306_budget_1a-9a.html Your voice counts: Lansing State Journal article on education budget and how her proposed budget reflects the priorities she has heard from Michigan residents http://www.lsj.com/news/local/030307_budget__1a-4a.html So what now: Lansing State Journal article on Granholm\'s budget proposal http://www.michigan.gov/budget Granholm\'s proposed budget: Here you can read about the state\'s budget directly from the state government website
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