Russ Gibb at Random


May 29, 2011

Dear Governor Snyder,

In these tough economic times, schools are hurting. And yes, everyone in Michigan is hurting right now financially, but why aren't we protecting schools? Schools are the one place on Earth that people look to "fix" what is wrong with society by educating our youth and preparing them to take on the issues that society has created.

One solution I believe we must do is take a look at our corrections system in Michigan. We rank nationally at the top in the number of people we incarcerate. We also spend the most money per prisoner annually than any other state in the union. Now, I like to be at the top of lists, but this is one ranking that I don't believe Michigan wants to be on top of.

Consider the life of a Michigan prisoner. They get three square meals a day. Access to free health care. Internet. Cable television. Access to a library. A weight room. Computer lab. They can earn a degree. A roof over their heads. Clothing. Everything we just listed we DO NOT provide to our school children.
make my school a prison
This is why I'm proposing to you the following. The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 per prisoner, yet we are struggling to provide schools with $7,000 per student. I guess we need to treat our students like they are prisoners, with equal funding. Please give my students three meals a day. Please give my children access to free health care. Please provide my school district Internet access and computers. Please put books in my library. Please give my students a weight room so we can be big and strong. We provide all of these things to prisoners because they have constitutional rights. What about the rights of youth, our future?!

Please provide for my students in my school district the same way we provide for a prisoner. It's the least we can do to prepare our students for the giving our schools the resources necessary to keep our students OUT of prison.

Respectfully submitted,
Nathan Bootz
Ithaca Public Schools

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--by Toller on 6/1/11   Lives: Detroit area  

The general public (and our state government) thinks that it’s more important to spend money incarcerating people than educating them. Now our prisons are over crowded and your Governor wants to start releasing prisoners early to cut prison spending and jobs.

People without a criminal record can’t get a job, people with a criminal record can’t get a job and our students are dropping out of school. We can’t afford to pay teachers to teach our kids and fresh new teachers (at the very bottom of the pay scale) are fleeing Michigan like rats off of a sinking ship. The former union workers scream foul that educators are making too much money, our own government has allowed GM and Chrysler to brush off union contracts, pension obligations and shareholders and the unemployed lack whit’s in this state nod on approvingly. Now, wages are way down, quality of life is in the crapper and a new wave of early release prisoners is soon to hit the streets while schools close in every city in our state. You wanted it Michigan, well YOU GOT IT!

Congratulations Michigan! You wanted to declare war on public sector workers, now your prison gates are about to swing open and your schools are closing. There are a lot less police and firefighters now and I hope you all enjoy your economic recovery!

--by Time to move out of Michgan on 2/14/13   Lives: Michigan  

The prisons are our mental health wards since the Engler days (when he closed all the state wards). That is the reason for "record number" and "cost".

--by Padded Walls on 2/21/14   Lives: Detroit area  

The fat in Dearborn Public School's Administration needs to be cut before I will write a letter to Lansing. Whiston has an assistant Superintendent AND a assistant TO the Superintendent. There are also 4 secretaries in his complex.

Whiston also gave $70,000 in 2010 and another $70,000 in 2011 to the non-profit 501(c)3 Education Foundation to pay the salary of their Executive Director. They gave him an office at Ten Eyck and allowed him to keep his full time job at PL Marketing.

Whiston is spending while the teacher's are cutting back because they lost $5,000 per year.

--by Me on 2/23/14   Lives: Dearborn  

First of all 7,000 is plenty of money per student. Rest of the world student who are very successful they don't get 7,000 not even close to 7,000. Student attend school 8 hours a day for 180 days per year, while prisoner are in person 24 hours for 360 days per year. The comparison is not even appropriate. Let us fix the education system by cutting fats and corruption from the districts.

some individuals at DPS making $ 110,000 per year just for spying for the boss and teaching two hours a day, now you are asking for more money to grow more fat and corruptions.

--by True on 5/26/14   Lives: Michigan  

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