Election day saw a slew of school funding proposals on ballots across the state. In the wake of a potentially crippiling budget cut, schools and school districts need to fund thier school projects with milliages and bond proposals. Detroit Public Schools District is no different, as Detroit voters stamped a "Yes" on Proposal S. Proposal S, campaigned for by DPS' emergency financial manager Robert Bobb, allows DPS to take advantage of federal stimulus money that must be spent within the next 36 months. This includes 8 new schools, renovations in 10 schools, and the demolishing of 29 vacant schools. All schools in the district will be given structural and technological upgrades. The bond issue will cost around $500.5 million. Voters support aid for DPS
For many peopl in the state, these new proposals are not needed or warrented. The proposal that set up the current Student Aid Fund (SAF), passed in 1994, had increased revenue for schools by 27% since its inception. Proposal A has significantly lowered (from 9% to .2%) the impact the sales tax has on the SAF, removing the SAF from the whims of consumers in the state. The proposal also reduced the SAF’s reliance on millage elections and provides much more stable revenue for school budgets. Supporters of maintaining Proposal A, as well as preventing new local millage, claim that if the system is not broken, then don’t fix it. More money won’t fix the schools in their minds, and supporters of more SAF funds are misguided. If Proposal A Ain’t Broke….