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New school funding approach needed to prepare students for jobs

I applaud Maj. Gen. Thomas G. Cutler’s recent column recognizing the skills gap between Michigan’s public school students and 21st century jobs, and his call for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the new Legislature to make closing this gap Priority No. 1.

As chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, I recognize a high-quality public school education is essential to preparing our kids for the fiercely competitive modern workforce, whether on a construction site or in any business large or small across Michigan. Now is the time to chart a new path that ensures all students, regardless of their circumstances, have the same shot at receiving a cutting-edge education that provides them with in-demand skills for good-paying jobs.

The first step in this process must be a new school funding system that addresses the unique, individual needs of all students. This new approach must serve those bound for technical training, apprenticeships and jobs right out of high school as much as those headed to a four-year college. To get there, we must recognize special education students, those living in poverty and English Language Learners will require a wide range of support services.

Street utility enterprise funding costing property owners in Pueblo

“I think the voters recognized the need and they were hoping that city council would do the right thing, but I think what they’ve done is they’ve opened a Pandora’s box to allow city council to run rampant and charge whatever they want,” Gladney said.

Gladney saw his water bill with this street utility part of it for the first time on Friday. He will have to pay an additional $440 every month, totaling $5,280 every year.

“I’m going to have to pass that cost to my tenants,” Gladney said. “It is absolutely putting the burden on small businesses, and it’s a mom and pop shop. You know the commercials like the Walmarts or the Targets; if they only have to pay $100 a month, that’s not equitable for folks.”

Gladney said the funds should be collected from businesses when they renew their business licenses. That way all the businesses are paying, and the landlords aren’t stuck with all the bills. It’s a plan the new mayor agreed with.

“Just the fact that it’s based on businesses licenses, if you want to base it on that, then collect it from the businesses when they get their licenses. Don’t tack it onto their water bill. I think that’s a fair way to do it,” said Nick Gradisar, the newly sworn-in mayor of the city.

In what way do you think the Fed is being fair / unfair re:AIG 'emergency funding'?

Fair, not unfair
Had they not stepped in to prop up AIG there would have been devastating negative consequences in the international capital markets. AIG insured many mortgages which are in default.