Edison Schools consider levy

Edison Schools may place a levy on the November ballot to shore up deficit spending and offset inevitable cuts at the state level.
Alissa Widman Neese
Jul 26, 2011

Edison Schools may place a levy on the November ballot to shore up deficit spending and offset inevitable cuts at the state level.

The proposed 4.9-mill levy would generate about $1.14 million dollars a year for five years.

It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $150 a year.

At a meeting Wednesday, board members unanimously agreed to continue researching the idea.

“I’m sure the board will like to first discuss the pros, cons and so forth,” interim superintendent Bill Pahl said. “No decision has been made yet if the levy will actually go on the ballot.”

See what else the interim superintendent had to say in the video above.

Comments

44846GWP

Here we go again! When will they learn that sometimes in life NO means NO!

Bailey

I think the taxpayers should ask what part II is....

 

 

TheAng

When did Berlin-Milan school district become "Edison Schools"?

ERNesbitt

@TheAng: Beginning of July.

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BW1

Gotta pay for that name change - repainting all those signs, busses, new letterheads....

friend

 I don't understand why they can't just let stuff settle down for ONE ELECTION CYCLE!  My God, the thing has been shot down at least 4 times.  Let the new Superintendent come in, look at everything, and see if we even need it.  You are in negotiations with the Teachers Union right now, tell the public you are trying to lower costs and let the public put the pressure on the union to give a little.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

Teachers match your retirement and we will have the money...This will be five times they waste 10,000 putting it on the ballot..

BlueAngel

JUST VOTE NO..IM GOING TOO!!  GEESH..

Serious

Not that I'm counting but wouldn't this be the 7th time????   Either way Really???    Come on, it's really just ridiculous!

 

erika145

Here we go  again!!!  DO They  really  need to   ask again  come on  its like a joke  or something!!

Also 150  a year   for a house  woth  100,000 ... are  there that  many  houses in milan/ berlin heights  that are  only  worth  100.000  seriously  they try to trick you  any way  they  can

Reva

 Cast the First Stone-I am with you. Until those teachers start to pony up some of their retirement funds, it no all the way around our block!  Do you hear us this time?

Edwin Ison

 The name change nonsense cost a minimum of $4500.

The new levy will cost me about 200 a year.

It would take 22.5 years of me paying the new levy to cover the wasted money.

And they wonder why?

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BW1

"I don't understand why they can't just let stuff settle down for ONE ELECTION CYCLE!"

That would allow taxpayers time to catch their breath and organize stronger opposition.  The tried and true strategy for local government to force unwanted impositions on the citizens is to keep shoving it down their throat until their gag reflex gives out from sheer fatigue.

Which reminds me, what's the difference between a fraternity boy and a school board? 

The fraternity boy, with lots of intervention training, CAN learn that no means no.

6079 Smith W

Those who intend to vote to repeal SB5, might as well also cast their vote to approve the levy because the subsequent financial repercussions will be one in the same - an increase in taxes.

JIMBO2

Vic, get the new signs ready for the suburban. The school board must be comprised of slow learners. Snookie s great idea of a name change to unite the communities...Just another waste of money. There are teachers still there from my graduation in 1977. Why ? Cuz it's a cash cow to get hired here. Suckling at the teats of taxpayers for 35 years or better at top pay. WOW

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BW1

Ironic, isn't it.  The district's highest achiever, for whom they've spent money renaming the district, was home schooled.

Bailey

BW1 Said:

""Ironic, isn't it. The district's highest achiever, for whom they've spent money renaming the district, was home schooled."""

 

I DIDN"T KNOW THAT !!! WOW, it sure says a lot doesn't it!

Edwin Ison

 And his homeschool teacher was his Mother... a former schoolteacher.

She kept him home because she felt the school was too strict! LOL!

R U Kidding me

cut cost I have to in my home times are tough and there no one I can ask to give me more money every year. I guess your gonna have to do like the rest of the world tighten your budget

donutshopguy

 Hasn't Bill Paul retire from two or three school systems?  There's a guy who knows where to find easy money.

SanduskyMomOf3

Okay, hold on a minute.

While I support your right as citizens to vote any levy up or down, creating a bandwagon that Thomas Edison was homeschooled 150 years ago as a point against the levy may be a little over the top, don't you think? (At least, that's where I see this as heading.)

Incidentally, women who were teachers 150 years ago were not allowed to have children. In fact, in most places they couldn't even get married and hold onto their posts. In other words, since Thomas Edison's mother had been a teacher, in order for the lady to have him, she would have had to become a "former" teacher.

Again, vote the levy up or down as you will, but let's at least use relevant arguments.

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BW1

SanduskyMomOf3: Okay, hold on a minute.While I support your right as citizens to vote any levy up or down, creating a bandwagon that Thomas Edison was homeschooled 150 years ago as a point against the levy may be a little over the top, don't you think?

Not at all.  Public school officials lobby constantly for legislation restricting, or even banning, homeschooling, typically under their claim that it's inferior.  They've had 150 years to do a better job than one homeschooling mother, all the while crying poor and claiming that a little more spending would cure all their problems.

Meanwhile, while they're crying poor again, they just spent a buttload of money on a name change that essentially trades on Edison's achievements and attempts to imply some connection, when the only thing the public schools in Milan ever did was to label him uneducable and send him home (which was why he was homeschooled, not because the schools were too strict, Edwin)

Any "bandwagon" that results, the administration brought on themselves

Edwin Ison

 BW1

The Education of Thomas Edison

     Edison began school in Port Huron, Michigan when he was seven. His teacher, the Reverend G. B. Engle considered Thomas to be a dull student. Thomas especially did not like math. And he asked too many questions. The  teacher whipped students who asked questions. After three months of school, the teacher called Thomas, "addled," which means confused or mixed up. Thomas stormed home.

     The next day, Nancy Edison brought Thomas back to school to talk with Reverend Engle. The teacher told his mother that Thomas couldn't learn. Nancy also became angry at the teacher's strict ways. She took Thomas out of school and decided to home-school him. It appears he briefly attended two more schools. However, his school attendance was not very good. So nearly all his childhood learning took place at home.  

 

I've had family that has homeschooled... with mixed results.

I've had family use public schools.... with mixed results.

I've had family use private schools... with mixed results.

I'd suspect the success stories from each type of education would also excel in the other types of education... homeschooling being the very least desirable in my opinion.

SanduskyMomOf3

There you go, BW. Edison wasn't even educated in Milan. Again, vote the levy up or down as you will but your argument is quite simply not relevant to the situation. Not every child in the public school system fails and not every homeschooled child is a genius in training.

I completely agree with Edwin. I've known many kids who have come through various educational systems. Some have excelled, some haven't. There is no difinitive proof that one specific educational system is superior to any other. 

As far as homeschooling goes, some of the people that I've known through the years who have homeschooled their children have NO business homeschooling anyone. On the other hand, there are situations where homeschooling works out.  Personally, I agree that it's the least desirable situation in most cases. (Of course that's a debate for another time.)

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BW1

SanduskyMomOf3:Edison wasn't even educated in Milan. Again, vote the levy up or down as you will but your argument is quite simply not relevant to the situation.

It absolutely is, and not by my choice or preference.  THE SCHOOL BOARD EFFECTIVELY DECLARED IT RELEVANT when they decided to trade on Edison's achievements in their shameless pandering move to rename the district.  If they can play the "Edison card" then so can their opposition.  If they want to waste money plastering his name all over district property, then it's absolutely appropriate to point out that he never attended their school, and that, in fact, no public school deserves credit for his success.

 

Edwin Ison

 Bw1... I agree with you, changing the name of the district is a waste of money. As I said earlier... wasted to the tune of 22.5 years of my payments of the proposed new tax levy.

I don't believe anyone with an ounce of sense feels that the district is trying to claim any credit for Edison's achievements. Milan is Edison's birthplace and is just something for the locals to hang their hats on..

He was born over 160 years ago, right? I think claims and comparisons are completely irrelevant!

SanduskyMomOf3

I still say that you're overreaching. 

While I'm not clear on the whole reason for the name change, the reason that they likely chose "Edison" as the name of the reorganized district was so that they wouldn't have to change the name of the high school. Alumni and students traditionally frown upon that kind of thing. Edison High School was not named such by this board, they just chose to reuse the name.

Incidentally, a person does not have to be from a place or attend a particular school in order to have a street, building or school named after them. This country is full of such places named after founding fathers, famous authors, etc. 

If you want to campaign against the levy, stick to the economic situation. It's your strongest argument.

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