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October 2014

Thank you to everyone who has helped make the Lindbergh Haunted School another great success! We loved having everyone here to make the event special. Please remember we still need your help for our Holiday Boutique on November 8th. Check the PTA website and sign up genius for the areas of need.

Hold Harmless Renewal Will Keep Dearborn Public Schools Programs
In Place

The Dearborn Public Schools will ask voters to renew the Hold Harmless millage on the November ballot. The Hold Harmless Millage generates almost $40 million, or one fifth, of the District’s $180 million budget.

When Proposal A was passed in 1994 in an attempt to equalize school funding across the state and reduce property tax, it changed school funding. It created a guaranteed per-student funding amount for all students across the state. The problem with the new law was that some districts, including Dearborn, received less money per-student than what they were receiving before the passage of the law.

To correct this problem, the state allowed districts to ask voters to approve a Hold Harmless Millage that would make up the difference in funding from the old method to the new method. As required by law, voters must approve a renewal of the Hold Harmless Millage every 10 years.

In 2004, Dearborn voters approved the Hold Harmless Millage, allowing the district to offer new classes, innovative programs and services, and ensure quality classroom instruction. Since then, student success in the district has been recognized many times thanks to the hard work of teachers and the support of the voting community.

Among the recognition the district has recently received:
• All schools are accredited by AdvancED.

• Collegiate Academy received the 2013 Innovative Business of the Year Award.

• Michigan Association of School Administrators named Brian Whiston 2013-14 Superintendent of the Year.

• Dearborn Public Schools was named an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine and placed in the top 15 out of more than 500 districts across Michigan.

• Graduation rates at all three high schools exceed state averages and increased by 10 points over the last two years.

• Received Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

• Awarded an Education Excellence Award by the Michigan Association of School Board for the District’s 8-step Plan for improving graduation rates.

• Most dual-enrolled students in Michigan (over 50% of our high school students have taken a dual enrollment class, earning college credit while still in high school and saving on tuition costs.

• New for 2014-15, 6th and 7th grade S.T.E.M. School and the Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology (DCMST) now starts in the 8th grade; and addition of the Dearborn Academic Center for Excellence (ACE 8th/9th grade alternative school).

The Hold Harmless RENEWAL will keep the positive momentum and success moving forward. This millage renewal is not a new millage nor is it an increase in what district residents are currently paying. Additional information can be found on a special Hold Harmless Renewal website https://holdharmless.dearbornschools.org/ or by calling the Communications Office at 827-3006.

There are 11 candidates running for 3 seats on the Board of Education.
If you were unable to attend the League of Women Voters candidate forum you can find the complete program on our district cable channel and it can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/user/dpscommdept
You can also attend a live candidate forum being hosted by the Oakman & Fordson Parent Teacher Association. The forum will take place Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Oakman Elementary gym. 7545 Chase Road, Dbn, 48126
The flyer is below:
PTA Election flyer (1) (1)

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