Lawmakers respond: Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)

In response to our original letter about school funding, Rep. Rebekah Warren (who represents most of Ann Arbor in the state House) sent the following thoughtful reply (a PDF of her original letter is attached below).


March 27, 2007

Mr. Steven J. Norton
Ann Arbor Parents for Schools
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dear Mr. Norton,

Thank you for sending along this additional information about the Aim Arbor Parents for Schools group and giving me an opportunity to read your introductory letter. It was a pleasure to meet you the other night at the Town Hall meeting and to hear about this absolutely crucial undertaking.

As you know, I share your concerns about the ongoing financial pressures on our schools and wholeheartedly agree with you that the only way our children are going to compete in a global economy is through a strong, well-funded public education system. As the Legislature deliberates on the new tax proposals and begins to make key decisions about the budget, I want to first assure you that I consider investment in our schools to be of the utmost importance and plan to work vigorously to see that the budget is not balanced on the backs of our children. Furthermore, I am fully committed to working with my colleagues to address the problems that have been brought about by Proposal A and to create a long-term solution that will help our struggling schools during these difficult economic times.

That said, the severity and depth of these issues clearly require collaboration between parents, school officials and personnel, and elected leaders if we are to be successful in our problem resolution. I commend you for taking the first steps toward this critical collaboration and look forward to working together to overcome these challenges and ensure that our students, teachers and school personnel continue to enjoy a quality learning environment. Ultimately, I believe that out of these challenges will come an amazing opportunity to bring necessary and long lasting reform and to build an even better, stronger Michigan.

Once again, thank you for providing me with this information about your group and for your commitment to our children’s education. As was said several times in the Town Hall meeting the other night, it is truly a pleasure to serve constituents like yourself in Lansing and know the values we share. If I can be of any assistance in your efforts, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 517-373-2577 or rebekahwarren@house.mi.gov.

Thank you,

Rebekah Warren
State Representative
53rd District

P.S. I had a chance to take a look at your website recently and was very impressed with the volume of up-to-date information and attention to detail. Thank you for providing this fabulous new resource to our community!

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