ALPENA - During the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District meeting, Superintendent Brian Wilmot said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has unveiled a plan to change the way public education is financed in Michigan. While summarizing the beginning phases of the Michigan Education Finance Act of 2013, Wilmot said he is greatly concerned about the inherent problems with the recommended changes for Michigan's public schools.
"Our current funding system has many flaws, but I'm skeptical about this plan and how we fund education in this state," he said.
Wilmot said his greatest concern with the proposed plan is, "dollars will follow the student to different schools on different days for different subjects and different levels, it would be a full-out voucher system," which was stated in the School Equity Caucus newsletter.
"I'm concerned with the inherent problems this could cause. It's suggesting students will have bar codes for charged learning," he said.
The Oxford Foundation is acting as a driving force in changing the way public schools are funded and the way students receive education. According to the School Equity Caucus newsletter, the Michigan Education Finance Act of 2013, would inevitably replace the School Aid Act of 1979. At this time, Snyder has called for a recommendation, legislative action, and a vote in time for the 2013-14 school year.
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