"THE GREAT EQUALIZER"

I was brought up to believe that “education is the great equalizer.” However, the way our current system is in Michigan, it instead deepens divides in our society. Overall funding has decreased greatly for our schools, and the resulting scarcity leaves individual districts competing for resources. The “winners” of funding competitions are often schools that already have systemic advantages, tied to the race, class, and wealth of surrounding neighborhoods. I believe that teachers and adjacent staff ought to have the full support of their representatives.

In my community, schools like Saginaw High and Arthur Hill are struggling, due to disinvestment, redlining, and institutionalized segregation. Many schools in the district have already closed. School closure is not the answer, and we cannot continue to allow the funding disparities that entrenches our children in poverty. I will fight to increase funding for our schools, to decrease education inequity, to stop school closures, and to ensure that our teachers do not have to endure another pay cut.

In my community, schools like Saginaw High and Arthur Hill are struggling, due to disinvestment, redlining, and institutionalized segregation. Many schools in the district have already closed. School closure is not the answer, and we cannot continue to allow the funding disparities that entrenches our children in poverty. I will fight to increase funding for our schools, to decrease education inequity, to stop school closures, and to ensure that our teachers do not have to endure another pay cut.