Political Compromise

The Political Compromise Program’s Objective is to provide students a framework that requires cooperation and compromise within which to create a single policy based on a current state or national topic.

Discussion Question

Should Michigan public schools equally divide their tax dollars between athletic programs and arts based programing?

The Story: In 2017 the Michigan Legislature is considering a bill requiring that all public schools equally divide their tax dollars between athletic programs and arts based programming.

Yigburg is a school district that has about $400,000.00 to spend each year on programs such as arts and sports. The money has not traditionally been divided evenly.  In fact, nearly $300,000.00 is spent on sports each year, with only $100,000.00 on arts.

Faced with this new law which forces them to redistribute their money evenly, a community meeting has been called by the school board to discuss this bill.  Several local groups, which have a stake in the passing of this law, have been brought in to explain their positions. As representatives from these organizations, your voice is important.  

In the end, all three groups must come together to produce one letter to the legislature that expresses the views of Yigburg. In this letter, each group's needs must be addressed in a way that each group feels like they will benefit.

Special Interest Groups:

Yigburg Association of Public School Sports (YAPSS)

The Yigburg Association of Public School Sports, or YAPSS, seeks to advance the reach of athletics in school. YAPSS believes that each student who participates in athletic programs benefits from learning the importance of teamwork, responsibility, and physical fitness.  The official position of YAPSS is that sports have a higher cost than arts.  YAPSS believes that the very nature of sports requires more spending because coaches require pay, safety equipment must be maintained, and facilities require upkeep.  To cut the sports budget by even a penny would be too much and YAPSS does not think this law should be passed.

Yigburg Organization for Fine Arts (YOFA)

The Yigburg Organization for Fine Arts, or YOFA, believes that the arts have always been one of the first programs under fire during a budget cut. YOFA feels that Yigburg has favored athletics over arts for years. YOFA is for the passing of this bill because they believe that arts based programming enriches the education of all students who participate and provides creative outlets to all students. Furthermore, YOFA believes that the arts in schools are struggling to survive, while sports tend to face little to no problems in receiving funding.  Equal funding would mean that Yigburg students who participate in arts would be able to utilize better materials and do more advanced work.  Furthermore, the district could increase the array of arts based offerings.

Yigburg Organization for Business Owners (YOBO)

The Yigburg Organization for Business Owners, or YOBO, is concerned with how this bill will impact their bottom line.  As Yigburg business owners, this group benefits directly from customers, both local and distant, who patronize their businesses.  Yigburg hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and retail stores benefit from school events that bring friends and relatives of students into town.  The goal of YOBO is to continue to promote local businesses and increase their customer base.  A healthy business community helps to ensure a robust tax base that benefits schools, students, and their families.

A guide to Political Compromise

Political Compromise Program

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Quincy, Michigan 49082
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