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Crumbling education system reveals costs of Michigan's austerity politics

Public dollars being diverted from disadvantaged students.

Williams: Emergency managers displace elected officials, run government as profit-driven corporationFebruary 15, 2012: Michigan's fiscal policies have jeopardized the state's education system, according to Patricia J. Williams in The Nation. To retain a share of the education budget, schools are reacting by showing a preference for successful students and leaving behind those who face challenges, requiring more support and investment.

"Michigan is a model of fiscal recuperation. At least that's what the headlines said as I stepped off a plane in Detroit recently: its spending was slashed so ruthlessly in the past few years that the New York Times quoted a former state budget director as moaning, 'We were so far down that the floor looked like up to us.' But now there is a budget surplus projected for 2013, of anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars, with yet sunnier fiscal predictions ahead. This apotheosis is generally credited to the enactment of Republican Governor Rick Snyder's stern austerity policiesÂ…"

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Posted: February 29, 2012

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