What is the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education?
The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education [GPFPE] is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing private funding to enhance academic and enrichment programs for the Grosse Pointe Public School System. Our purpose is to augment public funding to improve the quality of education for students in the Grosse Pointe Public School System..
Why is the GPFPE necessary?
The GPFPE is necessary to protect the high standard of educational programs we have come to expect of the GPPSS.
In 1994, the method in which school districts receive funding was changed with the passage of Proposal A. In the past, money generated by local school taxes was sent directly to the school district. However, this revenue is now sent to Lansing, and state government redistributes it to school districts throughout Michigan.
At this time, the GPPSS’s funding from the state is equal to the amount generated in 1994, due in part to the passage of the “hold harmless” millage. Without that millage, the district would actually be receiving fewer funds than the 1994 level. In essence, the district has not had a “raise” in over a decade.
School districts are also not allowed to levy taxes to increase their level of funding. Millages may be passed for capital improvements such as new buildings or repairs, but additional funds cannot be raised to cover salaries, supplies or technological upgrades.
To maintain and enhance the values of our homes and the quality of life we enjoy, we must continue to invest in our public school system.
Who is involved with the GPFPE?
The GPFPE is a growing group of community members who are committed to the continued tradition of academic excellence in the Grosse Pointes. Parents of school children and graduates come together with people who have no direct connection to the schools because they understand the relationship between an excellent public school system and the community experience we enjoy in Grosse Pointe. Our Board of Directors serve in a volunteer capacity bringing their diverse talents and professional experiences to the organization.
How can I help?
Make a gift to the GPFPE or join us as a volunteer. For more information, call us at (313) 432-3058 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.