Refused to stand up to $390 million in cuts to education.
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Winnie Brinks refused to sign a Michigan Freedom Network pledge asking Mark Schauer to apologize to teachers for cutting the budget by $390 million and raising fees on teachers and school employees by $1.7 million dollars.(Michigan Freedom Network, Out of Pocket Fees, Accessed 9/16/14)
Mark Schauer’s votes and proud, public support for massive cuts to public schools and Michigan students include:
$130 MILLION CUT FROM MICHIGAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS—On December 18, 2003, Schauer voted to cut nearly $100 per student from the school aid fund, cut $22 million in state funding for school technology and cut $1 million from adult learning. (The Associated Press, December 23, 2003; Michigan Senate Journal, SB 556, Roll Call Vote 691, December 18, 2003)
$330,000 CUT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS & $85.6 MILLION CUT FROM HIGHER ED & COMMUNITY COLLEGES—On December 10, 2003, Schauer publicly backed Jennifer Granholm’s executive order to cut $330,000 in K12 education spending, cut $12.43 million from Community Colleges and cut $73.17 million from the state’s higher education budget. (The Associated Press, December 10, 2003, Battle Creek Enquirer, March 8, 2004)
On September 30, 2005, Mark Schauer also voted to cut funding for 11 of 15 Michigan universities. (The Associated Press, September 30, 2005)
$18.5 MILLION CUT FROM MICHIGAN SCHOOLS & STUDENTS—On September 8, 2004, Schauer voted to cut $14 million from Intermediate school districts, forcing them to cut cost-saving and resource-sharing education programs. He also voted to cut $4.5 million from Merit Award Scholarships earned by hardworking Michigan high school students. (The Associated Press, October 1, 2004)
$64 MILLION CUT FROM MICHIGAN STUDENTS—On February 2007, as Senate Minority Leader, Mark Schauer publicly backed Jennifer Granholm’s proposed budget cutting $58 million from college students and $6 million for libraries, where students study, research and learn. (The Detroit News, February 9, 2007)
$82 MILLION CUT FROM HIGHER ED—On March 22, 2007, Schauer stood with Jennifer Granholm at a press conference to announce and champion $82 million in budget cuts to state colleges and universities. (The Associated Press, March 22, 2007)
$10 MILLION CUT FROM HARD WORKING STUDENTS—On December 2008, Schauer publicly backed a Granholm executive order that cut $10 million from Michigan Promise Grants—breaking a promise and stealing $4,000 per student from high school students who worked hard to earn the opportunity to go to college after graduation. (Battle Creek Enquirer, December 11, 2008)