State education cuts help drive financial emergency in Pontiac School District


PONTIAC, Mich., Aug. 2, 2013 — The Pontiac School District faces a state takeover after a review team on Friday found the district to be in a financial emergency.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a financial review team last month to examine the finances of the 5,000-student district, which faces a $37.7 million deficit.

Snyder, who helped contribute to the emergency by cutting $1 billion from K-12 schools to help fund a $1.8 billion tax break for corporate special interests, now has 10 days to accept or decline the review team’s findings of a financial emergency.

“Students and school employees in Pontiac are innocent victims of Governor Snyder’s massive cuts to school funding and gross financial mismanagement by officials at the local level,” Pontiac Education Association President Aimee McKeever said. “It’s time our elected leaders take the issue of education funding seriously and provide our local schools with the resources they need so our children can get the education they deserve.”

Like school employees throughout Michigan, Pontiac teachers and education support professionals have made numerous sacrifices to help their students, making numerous wage and benefit concessions and paying for basic school supplies out of their own pockets.

MEA members from across Michigan have stepped up to the plate to help their struggling colleagues in Pontiac, donating more than $12,000 in cash and gift cards, as well as thousands of dollars more in school supplies.

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Contact: Aimee McKeever, Pontiac Education Association president, 248-245-3508