Michigan Teacher's .... SHUTDOWN going to happen???

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  1. DizneeTeachR

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    I was just curious of what you all think of this whole Shutdown thing??? Boy if the schools weren't getting enough money...let's shutdown, so we can't have the lotto where a lot :unsure: of the money comes from. They said on the news that means a loss of about 2 million a day for everyday we are shut down. Maybe we better get the scratch offs (oh wait they can't pay us until we are "open" again) & something to "drink" before we can't get that either!!!
     
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    Tucson teachers had a "sick out". It worked, they had to send the kids home early on a Friday, but the teachers got the increase in pay they wanted (from 1 1/2 to 3 %-- wich in my opinion isn't enough).
     
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    ABall...I'm talking the state is going to shutdown...they can't agree on budget talks. If this happens, there will be no lotto sales/payout, no liquor sales & something else are the first 3 until they can come up with a budget.
     
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    Wow, I've heard of shutdowns...but not the state shutting down. Buy your lotto ticket now and hope for a big win before the shutdown!
     
  6. DizneeTeachR

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    Here's a little of what's happening...


    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Jennifer Granholm raced against the clock Thursday to try and avoid a partial government shutdown next week.

    Granholm announced she would address the state on television stations Thursday evening to discuss what could happen if there's a government shutdown.

    "We think citizens deserve to hear from the governor," said her spokeswoman, Liz Boyd. Boyd added that negotiations continue, and said Granholm will adjust her remarks to reflect any progress by the time the show airs.
    Republicans are pushing for a 30-day extension of the current budget structure to keep state services running without interruption when the new fiscal year starts Monday. Democrats, including Granholm, say they won't support a temporary extension unless a budget deal includes higher taxes to support public safety, education and health care.

    Neither side showed signs of backing down early Thursday as closed door meetings and legislative sessions continued at the Capitol.

    Granholm has said Detroit casinos, lottery sales, state parks, Secretary of State offices and liquor distribution could cease operations Monday. She said essential services, which she hasn't specifically defined, would continue. That likely includes operating prisons and police patrols. More details are expected Friday if a deal isn't reached before then.
     
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    I hear it is going to happen!
     
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    Yup Ole Jen is giving a speech tonite around 6pm!!!
     
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    Diznee we were speculating today that if the state shutsdown then will the teachers have payless paydays!!! This could be a mess.
     
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    I teach in the state funded preschool. I may not have a job on Monday! Imagine telling my students' families they can't come to school anymore.
     
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    EDUK8 ME is that what you were told?
     
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    Oh my!! This is getting bigger, Eduk8 Me, I hope that that is not the case with you.
     
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    I haven't heard any of those are cut yet... Just the liquor & lotto. I guess we may know more in a little bit!!!
     
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    sorry to hear that. I hope it doesn't happen.
     
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    As of today this is what they are saying about Michigan schools:

    Will my child's school still be open?

    Public Schools are not required to close during a state government shutdown. If the shutdown continues for more than 16 days, state aid payments to schools will be delayed. This delay may force some local schools to limit programs or transportation or cancel school altogether. Your local school district will communicate their plan to parents directly in that event.

    I highly doubt it will reach the point of shutting down schools.
     
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    You know what this reminds me of? The fact that schools everywhere are so shortchanged or badly budgeted that creative means are having to take place that were once a normal part of going to school. For example, here elementary schools all over the city have different starting times so they can share buses. In one city in California, buses were not offered to high school students because they can take the city bus (egad). Kinder is now a half day or optional in many places??!! I'm flabbergasted at the many changes education has had just on the financial side. The the good old government, though their heart was in the right place, implemented NCLB without thinking about the financial state schools are already in. Some schools have lots of money, other schools have none. The issue goes on forever.
     
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    (egad). cng, would this be a Music Man reference by chance?
     
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    Hehehe..nope...never heard of Music Man.
     
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    What?!? You have never heard of The Music Man, the musical? It's a funny movie.
     
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    "Trouble! With a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!!!"

    I love that musical!!!

    As a (way!) outsider looking in-- do you think they would actually get to the point where they would close schools?? Aside from the obvious (well, to us anyway) problem with interrupting the education of all the kids in an entire STATE, there would be some serious repercussions for all the parents who would have no child care. LOTS AND LOTS of workplaces would face employees not able to come in, since they had no one to watch their kids-- this thing would ripple far beyond government employees.

    And, for the record, a good part of the HS kids in NYC take public transportation to school. It's one of several reasons, in addition to the child care issue, that they seldom get a snow day; the public transportation works (well, it kind of works) regardless of weather.
     
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    Here child care doesn't seem to be taken in consideration. It is the first place I've lived where I feel I must get both before and after school care instead of just after school care because some schools start as late as 930am. Then they have a teacher inservice day on average 2.5 days a month. I think teachers deserve teacher inservice days but they are weird about them. It might go 3 days in a week but one day it is 2 hours early, then next morning they don't start til 1am, then the third day they leave at noon.
     
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    I just heard on the news that they might have a tentative agreement. The deadline is midnight tonight. They were at first talking about closing the casinos but now they will say open. OK, leave the casinos open but possibly close schools in 16 days! It's all about the $$$.
     
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    That's wild, but then without the money, they can't keep the schools.
     

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