The decline in public school enrollment has been on a steady decline for the last 30 years, beginning with Proposal A in 1994. In response to the elimination of property taxes for school funding, Governor Engler proposed a new funding approach to be placed on the ballot for voter approval. On March 15, 1994, Michigan voters approved Proposal A, which revamped how schools would be funded and also provided educational reforms. Proposal A promised a minimum per pupil foundation allowance, more equity among local school districts, lower property taxes, and more school accountability.
Since the early 2000s we have seen another steady decline in public school enrollment, both here in Michigan and across the nation. Public schools, including charter schools, have decreased by almost 2 million children per year since the new millenium began. Along with 26 states leaving the National School Board Association, parents have also had growing concerns over what their children may be being taught behind classroom doors. Everything from critical race theory to "gender fluidity" have been topics of discussion brought on by the same educators that parents trust their children to every day. Most parents do not want their children exposed to topics they feel are politically charged or might be better discussed in the home. Schools are pushing boundaries and parents are beginning to push back harder than ever.
Parents want to know that their child is being taken care of and given the best education possible. This faith in the public education system is fading quickly. Parents would rather rearrange their lives and survive on less to give their child a better education, or perhaps have to work longer hours to pay for a private school. Some will even stay at home to educate their children themselves. There are many factors that seem to be contributing to the eroding of the public education system. It is no longer a place of knowledge and learning, but rather one of manipulation and indoctrination. Parents want to have a say in where their child can receive the finest learning, as well as how their tax dollars are spent towards education. They want what is best for their child, so they will live for, fight for, and protect their children at all costs.