Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Goal: Allocate more money for Detroit’s crumbling schools.
Detroit’s public schools are in such poor shape that they have had to close — because too many teachers are calling out sick. After various reports of mold, collapsing ceilings, water damage warping floors and other unsanitary conditions, teachers have begun to hold “sick outs,” by calling out sick and protesting the conditions.
The protests have had mixed reactions, with many parents saying it is hurting their children by keeping them out of school, and some parents suddenly having to find something to do with their children while they are at work. Parents agree that there is a problem, but disapprove of the “sick outs.” They are causing friction in the schools and families.
Detroit mayor Mike Duggan has vowed to do everything he can, but because the public school funding is state-run, there is little he can do. One-third of the money allotted for schools has gone to relieving school debt, and the buildings, teachers and students are suffering because of it. So this problem does not belong to Duggan, it belongs to Governor Rick Snyder (who is currently embroiled in the contaminated Flint water scandal). Even with an insurmountable debt, he cannot let the public schools of Detroit collapse. If it continues as is, the public school system will be bankrupt by summer. Please demand that Snyder find appropriate resources to save Detroit’s schools.
Dear Governor Snyder,
We urge you to look at the funding for the public schools in Detroit. The infrastructure of the school system has gotten so bad that teachers have stopped coming in to protest. And parents who value the education of their children have criticized them, resulting in a back-and-forth conversation that should not have happened in the first place.
The state’s large school debt is a problem, we recognize, but the public schools of Detroit are literally falling apart, and not tackling this issue right now is going to lead to bigger debt in the future. Please stop using money set aside for school on the debt and actually use it on the schools.
Between the water crisis in Flint and the crumbling Detroit schools, you have shown a remarkable mishandling of state funds, and it is time to change it. Please set aside more money so the teachers can feel safe going to work and the children can resume their education. The conditions in the schools are unsafe for teachers and students, and the rift it has created in the city is undeserved. We urge to fix this awful infrastructure problem.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: The Office of Rick Snyder