I think it's time for us to go to a part-time State Government instead of a full-time state government because I strongly feel that people are up there just sitting on their behinds fabricating bills and amendments that does not make sense.
First, they wanted to get rid of social studies off the Michigan Merit Examination that is given every March to save taxpayers "dollars." Dumb.
Now we are getting dumber.
Let's examine State Senator Dennis Olshove amendment on SB 730. When Sen. John Gleason on introduced the bill back on September 5th of this year to replace the term "handicapped person" in the state school code with "person with a disability."
HOWEVER, Senator Olshove from Warren is requesting that an amendment be attached to SB 730 that would state the following: "A public school academy shall not locate, relocate or operate at a site without prior approval of the city, village or township in which it intends to operate."
Current state law is very clear that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction has sole authority over public school site locations and approvals. The courts, the State Attorney General and the Legislature, have supported this authority. This amendment would change that.
Now people know how I feel about charter schools and teacher unions. This type of amendment is dangerous for charter proponents. I would hate to come up to Lansing to clown folks.
We need to see the root of this issue anyway. Sen. Olshove is adding this amendment to this bill because of what Conner Creek Academy is going through in Warren. Sen. Olshove is the State Senator that represents the City of Warren.
Allow me to shed some light on the subject.
Conner Creek is a charter school based on Roseville, MI. The school is planning to construct a new $11 million 61,000-square-foot school building on about 20 acres at 13 Mile and Ryan in Warren. Conner Creek Academy East, a Ferris State University public charter school, operates at three facilities in Roseville -- an elementary school for kindergarten through sixth grades, a middle school for grades seven and eight, and a high school. Two of the Roseville sites are former parochial schools.
The academy plans to consolidate the middle and high schools into the school it proposes to build in Warren. The elementary school will remain in Roseville.
Now these haters who do not want a charter school in Warren but are satisfied with five school districts that cannot balance a budget. How insane.
The officials argue the new school will cause traffic problems, that it's too large for the 20-acre site and that it'll rob the community of property tax revenues. That to me sounds like the teacher unions are behind this mess. Once again, we need to flush teachers union down the drain and clean our toilets with pine sol to start all over again. Any union that is anti-family, do not want more options for children and are against alternative teacher certification should be prosecuted.
However, Robert Davis, the attorney for Conner Creek Academy East, said the school has complied with every legal requirement for the project.
He also criticized the city of Warren for intervening in the case.This is what Mr. Davis said to the Detroit News:
"The city of Warren has intervened in a case which only sought to have the state do its job and issue the necessary permits as approved by the state superintendent," he said. "The city has a well-known history of bullying when the law does not accommodate their thought of the day. This is calculated delay tactics and bordering on harassment, for which my client will seek damages."
So Senator Olshove is just practicing what the teacher unions and haters in Warren has instructed him to do. Continue supporting our five, separate school districts that are wasting taxpayers money. Why start an anti-charter movement in the State of Michigan when I work in a traditional school every single day observing 80% of the children who cannot do math and 60% cannot read? However, 60% of the population is skipping school. But this is the type of atmosphere Sen. Olshove wants to support.
We need a part-time legislature today.
Education is a civil rights issue in America and it is a civil rights issue in Michigan. Whoever is running for office next year need to take the educational option platform serious. We need more options in our state and as long as teacher unions are restricting our right for more charters, homeschooling or vouchers we are cheating our children out of an education.