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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 10, 1994

Finance plan would boost funding to Detroit schools by 10%"
Half of $550 million increase in education aid is earmarked for 'at-risk' students from low-income households:

School finance plan
would guarantee
$5,000 per student
but would not
prevent wealthier
districts from raising
additional funds
DETROIT (AP) - The school
finance overhaul that cleared the Leg-
islature last month could give a boost
to central-city school districts because
of provisions to aid students from
poor families.
The Detroit public schools and

most other urban districts will get
funding increases in the 6 percent to
10 percent range, The Detroit News
reported yesterday.
And homeowners in the state's
urban centers will get school property
tax cuts ranging from 60 percent to 85
percent depending partly on which
finance plan voters choose, the news-
paper said.
"We're clearly among the win-
ners," said Michael Boulus, execu-
tive director of the Middle Cities Edu-
cation Association, a group of 27
mostly urban school districts.
City districts generally fare better
than suburban schools, many of which

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tional," Antieau said. "And I'd like to
add that the complainant can be emo-
tional too."
Students who choose a hearing
panel may be accompanied by coun-
sel, however the counselor is only
allowed to advise the student.
The involved parties then leave
the room and the panel decides
whether or not the accused student is
responsible based on the "clear and
convincing" standard. If the student
is responsible, then sanctions are de-
"When you are sitting in a hearing
you are going to be hearing two people
saying very different things. It's im-
portant to remember they aren't ly-
ing," Antieau said.
The finding of responsibility took
less than 10 minutes in the two cases
heard under the code last year. Sanc-
tioning took more than two hours.
The code is not the only avenue
for disciplinary actions at the Univer-
sity. Students living in residence halls
may deal with Housing Department

which a mediator works with
the accused and the
complainant to resolve the
situation. If mediation fails,
the accused student must
choose either an
administrative hearing or
student hearing panel.
administrative hearing - one
hearing officer appointed by
the Vice President for Student
Affairs hears the case
Student Hearing Panel - a
panel of six student jurors and
one non-voting faculty member
that hears cases under the
Responsible - in violation of
the code
Sanction - corrective
Darlene Ray-Johnson, assistant
director of student relations for the
Housing Department, acts as the judi-
cial advisor for housing and is a me-
diator for code violations,

will get a lesser property tax cut and
strict constraints on education spend-
ing growth.
A key reason is an element in the
new finance package called "at-risk
pupil funding" for students from low-
income households.
The state will send an additional
$230 million to the districts where
these pupils live, and most poor fami-
lies reside in urban areas.
"The total increase in school
spending is on the order of $550 mil-
lion with nearly half of that going to
at-risk kids," said state Treasurer Doug
.Roberts. "That's why the urban dis-
tricts do extremely well" under the
Continued from page 1
fore a decision is made to change the
curriculum or other University proce-
Councilmembers claim their ob-
jections were not heard before the
news of the change was released to
incoming students.
"Our hands are tied (to accept the
decision)," said one member who
spoke on the condition of
Despite this charge, many students
have expressed their approval of the
new assessment policy.
First-year LSA student Brian
Molenda said he wished he would
have had the option to send in a port-
folio of his work rather than writing
the essay.
Because of his less-than-stellar
performance on the test, Molenda was
placed into a writing practicum.
"Some people perform better with-
out the pressure," Molenda said. "I
didn't think my writing was bad. Ijust
didn't like the topics they had."
Yet many students said they still
favor taking a test to submitting a
portfolio, with reasons varying from
simplelaziness to a preference for the
essay form.
First-year LSA student Nick Patel
said his essay on pollution was "one
of the best things I've ever written.
When I went back and read it, I was
pretty proud."
Patel had the option to submit a
portfolio along with the essay to be
considered by ECB in its assessment.

"This will at least give some assis-
tance to the urban districts that are
facing multiple challenges," said Ri-
chard Halik, Lansing schools super-
intendent. "The governor and the Leg-
islature should get a lot of credit for
staying with this and doing the best
they could considering the financial
reality they had to work with."
A district's share of the at-risk
pupil money depends on the number
of students it has who qualify for the
federal free-lunch program. The rules
put the income threshold for a family
of four at $18,135 a year.
Detroit schools, for example, will

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get an additional $385 per student, or
about $65 million. Flint schools will
receive an extra $343 per pupil, or $9
million, and Benton Harbor, $409 a
student, or $2.6 million.
"The at-risk money is a positive
step, no question," said Arthur Carter,
deputy superintendent of Detroit Pub-
lic Schools, where per-student fund-
ing would rise I11 percent to nearly,
$5,887. "But it's aBand-Aid approach
to a cancerous situation.
"We have to give kids in our
schools what they cannot get at home,"
Carter said. "We will still have rich
districts in this state spending more
than $10,000 per student. The last

time I looked, it takes at least as much
to educate our students as it does
Other aspects of the school plane
will hurt urban districts, such as a
$100-million cut in adult education0
funding that falls mainly on city
But in most cases, the at-risk pupil
funding and other increases in school
aid will more than balance out the
liabilities for the state's urban dis-
tricts, officials said.
"We should end up with a net
increase of somewhere around 6 per-
cent, or $60 million to $70 million,"
Carter said.

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President Clinton reviews Belgian troops in Brussles yesterday. He outlined a p
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enlightened who seek to consolidate
freedom's gains by building free
economies, open democracies, and
tolerant civic culture," he said. "Pit-
ted against them are the grim pretend-
ers to tyranny's dark throne, the mili-
tant nationalists and demagogues who
fan suspicions that are ancient and
parade the pain of renewal in order to
obscure the promise of reform.
"We - none of us can afford to be
bystanders to that race. Too much is
at stake," Clinton said.
Even so, Clinton acknowledged
the United States and its allies can
play only a limited role in shaping
events. Mindful perhaps of the con-
flict in Bosnia, which has claimed
200,000 lives over 21 months, he said,
"We cannot control every event in

every country every day."
Europe's reluctance to intervene
militarily in the former Yugoslav re-
public will be discussed at a NATO
summit opening today, but the lead-
ers are not expected to order the use of
force to quell the fighting.
After meeting Clinton, Belgian
Prime -Minister Jean-Luc, Dehaene
said the NATO summit should "seri-
ously consider the possibility of
launching air raids" in Bosnia, the
national news agency Belga reported.
But Gen. John Shalikashvili, U.S.
chief of staff, said it was unlikely the
NATO summit would result in any
military action.
"This conflict, I don't think, will
be resolved other than at the negotiat-
ing table," he told NBC's Meet the
The president promised to keep
100,000 American troops in Europe,
even though "some in America have
asked for us to pack up and go home."
He said he would resist "a siren song
of global withdrawal."
"I have come here today to declare
and to demonstrate that Europe re-
mains central to the interests of the

lan entititled "A Partnership for
c Eastern European nations.
United States." He said, "You remain
our most valued partner.... The core.@
of our security remains in Europe.".
Clinton words were intended to
allay fears that the United States was
turning away from beleaguered West-
ern allies in favor of bright trade opa-
portunities in Asia. Washington has
been at odds with European leaders
over everything from trade to the war-.
in Bosnia, causing uncertainty about
Clinton's commitment to Europe.
The NATO summit is seeking-
ways to bring stability and security to
eastern European nations without di-.
viding Europe into new spheres of
The leaders are certain to endorse
Clinton's "Partnership forPeace" plan
that promises closer cooperation with-
the former Soviet bloc nations buit,
stops short of giving them full NATO,
"We need to change our security
institutions" to reach out to the East,
Clinton said. He said his plan "wil-
advance a process of evolution" that
could lead to ultimate membership
for former communist and neutral

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