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Friday, June 11, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Educational attitudes vary in board race

(Continued from Page 5)
Don't take their (the legisla-
tors') word that this is the
way that it's got to be," she
urged. "I think they got to be
more aggressive and going af-
ter money - it's there. Milli-
ken sure is distributing it the
way he wants," she claimed.
Tulloch said that he thought
the t the only way for more
money could come into the sys-
tem was through an additional
mir:,ge tax, which he favored.
lie paid he did not approve of
seeking additional state and
fede al aid because it would
subject Ann Arbor to outside
control.
Other candidates hope to
finJ additionalresources within
th, budget itself. Spitt, who
hot a Ph. D. in economics,
says. "there's always some fat
around in a budget. I'd like to
ltwk at the books and see
where we can save on some
itens"
'When 1 go to a meeting or a
conference," Spitz added, "I
pas for it. t'd like to see if
sime of the board members are
paing out of their pockets for
the conferences they attend."
'id also like to see where
the mosey we have is being
itested," he said. "Sometimes
we can make more money by
more careful planning."
'Ann Arbor taxpayers are
p, ring 35.5 mills (per proper-
i tax dollar) right now,"
K.theen Dannemiller noted.
however, few candidates
had very concrete ideas about
wii they would do with a giv-
er budget. Though he has
been a board member for
three years and claims that the
boird "is now at a point where
ie can't add on any more pro'

grams," Weinhold would not
spacify what constitutes the
"fringe areas" that he feels
could be cut. "It's difficult to
fish them out," he admitted.
Dannemiller protested that
candidates who had not "sat
on the board for three years as
Weinhold and Martin have" end
up sounding rather unknowl-
edgeable about the budget.
"It's easy to raise broad things
but very difficult to come up
with a strategy," she confess-
ed.
Blue and Jahn, though, did
have a common idea they
thought could save money -- to
have administrators do some
teaching. "They (the adminis-

trators) don't have tenure as
administrators, they have ten-
ure as teachers," Blue com-
mented. "So we can maake ad-
justments by putting adminis-
trators into the classroom and
as people retire and leave, fill
these places with administra-
tors."
Jahn was more critical of the
utility of administrators.
"I see too damn many ad-
ministrators who don't provide
the productivity that we're pay-
ing for. I'm talking about ad-
ministrators not only within
given schools, but I'm also talk-
ing about the central office of

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administration. I'm not saying what happened afterward," ho.
that they're all losers, I'm just contended.
saying that if you look closely "The problems can be solved
enough you can find all kinds by reducing class size, which
of areas that can be cut in this might alleviate social-economic
regard. probems," Spitz theorized.
Only Jahn and Spitz had seri- "Based on my own experi-
ous concerns over the way ence in and out of schools,"
discipline was being handled in Jahn reflected, "it's about time
local schools. "I don't believe wa stopped pretending disci-
in suspending students unless a pline problems do not exist.
charge is proven and it's a ser- Part of quality education is be-
ious offense," said Spitz. "Sus- havior in schools - pride in
pension will never cure the ill. one's work, respect, as well as
Tl'oo often there's suspension unselfishness, are all areas I
first and then they find out think we can do more about."
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