K-12 Education

Our education is often ranked in the bottom half of states in the country.  Our spending is often ranked in the top half of states.  It is easy to tell that we need some change and spending more money is not necessarily the answer.  There are several ideas that I would like to institute:
               1.   Salary parity for teachers – Teachers should be getting paid the same no matter where they are in the state.  A statewide salary scale should be established (with minor variances for higher cost of living areas) with the assistance of teacher unions.  No teacher will get paid less than what they are currently at, however starting salaries and increases after the expiration of contracts may be lower for some high paying districts.  Poorer districts will have a number of years to get the teacher salaries up to the requirements.  State assistance may be necessary to reach parity.  No Michigan student should have a lower quality of education due to a district not attracting quality teachers.
               2. Educational environment – School of Choice, Charter Schools, Private Schools and regional cooperation programs give students flexibility in pursuing studies that interest them.  It is not necessary that each and every school district have an identical infrastructure or the same Career and Technical programs.  However, there are basic requirements to an educational environment that every district should have.  Buildings should be safe and comfortable, textbooks should be in good condition and not significantly outdated, school kitchens should be sanitary, heating and cooling systems should be maintained and replaced regularly, classrooms in every district should be equipped with similar technology, etc.  In an effort to encourage communities to invest in their own school districts I propose a matching grant program for schools that raise funds for these purposes.  The poorest districts would receive a 100% match and the richest districts would receive a 25% match.  This program would last for ten years.
               3. Burdensome State Oversight – In some things it is very beneficial for the state to assist school districts.  However, the amount of oversight from state agencies and laws often creates undue hardships for school districts.  It is time to allow individual school districts to choose their own curriculums, their own start date and end date, determine the appropriate amount of parent/teacher conferences and also their own method for security.  Michigan schools should be required to take only one standardized test each year and the results should be easily understood by teachers and parents.  Districts should be responsible to their local population by making curriculums, school rules, behavior expectations and security measures easily accessible for review by parents and other interested parties.  School boards should be pro-active in making sure that their district follows the desires and values of the local populace.  Citizens should be active in learning about the school district and those running for school board and making their voices heard at election time.  Local politics affect your life every single day in a more profound way than state and federal.

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The Main Issue

A Truly Representative Government


I do believe that K-12 Education is important and I want to hear your thoughts.  Use the Contact Christopher page to share your ideas, opinions or even your disagreement with what I propose.​​

The reason I am running for State Senator is because I believe that both the Republican and Democrat parties are failing at listening to their constituents.  They are too focused on keeping or gaining power for their party and not focused enough on going back to the voters that elected them to hear what they think about the issues.  In today's world with modern technology and social media it is not hard for legislators to hear what voters have to say if they are willing to listen.
I am not a person that will go around giving speeches telling you how you should feel about a subject.  I want to go out and hear your opinion, not shape it.  The following issues and the potential solutions I propose are not carved in stone.  I believe we need to be thinking outside the box of what has become the traditional politician's thinking - maintaining the status quo.  I do believe the issues below are important, but I'm sure there are others that are just as important or more important to you.  I want to hear it, use the contact page to let your voice be heard.  It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, one of the minor parties or an Independent, I want to hear your voice.  Your State Senator shouldn't just represent members of a certain party, but every person.  That is how a representative government should work.

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