Avondale superintendent to discuss school finance

Avondale Superintendent George Heitsch

Avondale School Superintendent George Heitsch has called a public meeting for Monday, Dec. 3 to talk about proposed changes to Michigan’s education funding.

“Our community schools are at risk, and the next three weeks in Michigan may determine their viability for the future,” he wrote in a letter to the community. “Because of this, I ask that you attend a very critical meeting about preserving our public education system.”

Two meeting times have been scheduled at Rochester High School, 180 South Livernois, at 4 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Heitsch will be joined by Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of the Oakland Intermediate School District.

“State and federal policies on education are quickly eroding local control of our schools,” Heitsch’s letter continued. “We see a rush to privatization and corporatization of public education without proof of any benefit of improved student learning. At the same time, reduced funding for our children’s education is putting them at a disadvantage to compete in the global marketplace that awaits them upon graduation.

“Michigan is embarking on a very radical experiment with our children – one that is untested and risky. We need to come together to learn about this movement and what we can do about it. We are inviting parents, school employees and concerned citizens to join us for a briefing on the issues that are in front of the legislature right now – issues legislators are trying to pass before their ‘lame duck’ session ends in December.”

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