Sunday, March 15, 2009

March Newsletter - Important Dates!

The LWVDDH 'Voter' is now online as a pdf (Adobe reader required). This newsletter contains details about upcoming local events so you can be informed and actively involved in important topics.

Events such as:
Wednesday, March 18 about Supreme Court Elections.
Friday, March 20 about Investing in Kids.
Tuesday, March 24 about the Rouge River.

There is so much to cover at this time, that we are planning a discussion and casual breakfast on Saturday, March 28th. Let us know if you wish to attend -

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 20th - Invest in Kids! Public Event

March 20th - Invest in Kids! Public Event
The most effective solutions to improve our economy and prevent crimes are the (underfunded) programs which help our children get ready for the global competition in the future ‐ programs like early childhood development, high quality after‐school programs, and abuse and neglect prevention.

Attend this presentation and be a part of the solution! (Click for flyer)

Arab American National Museum
Friday Evening, March 20th
Welcome and Refreshments 6-7pm
Presentation 7-8pm

This program is sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Dearborn –Dearborn Heights in cooperation with the Arab American National Museum, ACCESS, and Fight Crime Invest in Kids - Michigan.

This is a free PUBLIC Event!

Email us if you have questions or to let us know you will be attending.

Electoral College or National Vote? Study up!

A Legitimate Step Forward for the Election of the President
An Attempted End-run Around the Constitution?

The League of Women Voters of the United
States believes that the direct-popular vote
method for electing the President and
Vice-President is essential to
representative government. The League
of Women Voters believes, therefore, that
the Electoral College should be abolished.

What do you think?
At the 2008 Convention, the delegates voted to
adopt a new study, "The Advisability of
Using the National Popular Vote Compact
among the States as a Method for Electing
the President."

Visit the LWV website and participate in this study.
(Log in required/New Users need to register)

You may also read about it on p3-4 of the LWV Oakland Area newsletter.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

School Funding Talking Points from Dearborn Superintendent

Key Discussion Points Regarding The
Proposed 2009-10 State of Michigan Budget
Prepared by Superintendent Brian Whiston

Please call Governor Granholm’s office at (517) 373-3400 and ask her to treat all districts the same. If cuts need to be made then all districts across the state should be cut the same per-pupil amount. Cutting more funds from some districts and less from others is not equitable and pits school district against school district.

(House and Senate Representatives from Dearborn understand the devastating impact these cuts will have on our schools. At this time, sharing your thoughts directly with the Governor will have the most impact on the proposed state budget.)

Contact Information
- Contact the Governor- on the WEB -,1607,7-168-21995---,00.html
Click on “Share your Opinion”. Fill out the form and express your opinion.
- Governor’s office is 517-373-3400.
• Based on the information from Lansing here is how the state budget will impact Dearborn Public Schools:
Per student funding cut $59/student impact on Dearborn $1,064,411
20j funding cut $34.20/studet impact on Dearborn 616,928
Bilingual (sec 41) totally eliminated impact on Dearborn 381,000
At Risk (sec 31a) impact on Dearborn 5,875,000
Total $7,937,339

• The district projected a $1.8 million reduction in per-student funding for 2009-10. The proposed state cuts will require the district to make an additional $6.1 million in reductions totaling more than $17 million in reductions for the 2009-10 school year.

• Dearborn Public Schools is one of a few districts in the state that is considered a “Donor District.” This means that more local tax dollars are sent to Lansing to fund public education across the state than the district receives from the state. Currently, taxpayers in Dearborn send $14 million more dollars to Lansing than the district gets back.

• 20j funding was created in 1999 to ensure equal funding increases to all school districts. There are 43 districts in the state (approximately 200,000 students) that benefit from 20j funds.

• 31a funding helps those students who are at risk of not being successful in school. 31a funds must be used for programs or staff that provides instruction beyond what is provided in the classroom. In Dearborn, thousands of students across the district receive instruction and benefit from staff or programs funded by 31a.

• Dearborn was able to convince legislators that the district had unique instructional needs and is the only district to receive both 31a and 20j funding. This status is appropriate to meet the education and instructional needs of our students.

• While the proposed state budget will affect many people and programs in the state, and Dearborn citizens are willing to bear a fair share of the burden, cutting 20j and 31a funds impacts the district disproportionately to any other school district.

• The loss of both 20j and 31a funding will cause an additional hardship for our district by reducing approximately $6.5 million in funding and would have a crushing effect on the operation of the district.

• The loss of 31a money singles out Dearborn and hurts some of those most in need.

• Dearborn is a leader in education initiatives and reform in servicing a diversified and needy student population. The district needs the Governor’s support in continuing to bring excellence to southeast Michigan.

• Many have speculated that there may be financial help in the Federal stimulus package. Currently, it appears that federal funding will be earmarked for exclusive use in specific federally funded programs such as Title I and IDEA. An infusion of money in those programs, while helpful, will probably not allow any significant release of district funds to other, general budget it

Monday, March 2, 2009

Henry Ford Centennial Library - Events this week

Women that changed America -- HFCL Auditorium
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 7:30pm - Free

Women's history comes alive with the re-enactment of two extraordinary Michigan women, Sarah Emma Edmonds a Civil War solider, spy and nurse and Laura Smith Haviland, pioneer activist who established one of the first Michigan stations of the Underground Railroad to Canada.
Friends of the Library Dearborn (FOLD) Used Book Sale
Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 9:30am-6:00pm

F.O.L.D. Used Book Sale - HFCL First Floor, South West Corridor.
March specials are two sets of the World Book Encyclopedia, Life magazines from the 1950's, fine jazz on LP records, books for adults and children to improve their reading skills and $1 bargains on movies on VHS.