Target: Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan
Goal: Work quickly to address debt and disrepair within the Detroit Public School System.
Deplorable conditions in public schools have resulted in a protest by Detroit teachers, who are holding “sick-offs” in which they all call out of work. Teachers and administrators took to social media to relay to the American public the shocking state of affairs and enlist help in convincing the state to provide more funding to fix glaring health hazards. These protests have resulted in the brief closure of 70 schools in just a week.
Some schools are plagued by hazardous black mold, others have fungi growing from damp walls, and one is infested with rats. Many of the schools have fallen into disrepair, with missing ceiling tiles, buckled floors, and broken heating and cooling systems. Even educational materials are scarce—some schools do not have enough textbooks for every student and one school has a computer lab without internet access.
Fortunately, Michigan state Governor Rick Snyder has come up with a proposal to rejuvenate public schools. It involves an increase in funding and the appointment of an Education Board which would direct improvements to schools. The plan would see the district’s $500 million debt paid off gradually with the help of a Financial Review Commission which would oversee economic decisions.
This plan to invest in the future of Detroit’s students will not only brighten prospects for young people, but would help revitalize the entire city. In order to preserve the future of the Detroit Public School system, it is imperative that the government work quickly to provide funding for debt payoffs, much-needed building improvements and learning materials. Sign the petition below to support the governor’s plan and ask him to work as quickly as possible to address this matter.
Dear Governor Snyder,
Many public schools in Detroit are in a state of disrepair. Some have mold, fungus, and rodent infestations and others have no heat, crumbling ceilings, or a lack of educational materials. This is not only a health hazard to both students and faculty, but a major issue for the future prospects of the entire city.
A plan was recently announced that would increase funding, handle debt, and provide improved leadership in the school system. We, the undersigned, support your proposed legislation to rejuvenate public schools and ask that you work quickly to implement it.
[Your Name Here]
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