FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 24, 2019
EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the state’s proposal to address the academic and financial performance of Benton Harbor Area Schools:
“Above all else, we need to make sure Benton Harbor’s students get a quality education that prepares them for life after school. Unfortunately, given past decisions, Benton Harbor’s dedicated educators haven’t always been provided the tools to be successful. For too many years, they’ve been shortchanged both in terms of resources – like quality books, curriculum, training and technology – and compensation.
“While the proposal put forth today is not ideal, it’s the best solution for students and families – far better than closing down Benton Harbor’s schools and leaving that community, its students and its school employees without options.
“This is a bold solution that will put Benton Harbor students on a path to success. The MEA is ready to partner with our local members, the local school board, surrounding districts, Lake Michigan College, and everyone else who wants to ensure Benton Harbor students and educators can thrive.”
Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5508