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NEW DETROIT BOARD ACTS ON SEVERAL PROPOSALS AT MARCH MEETING

 NEW DETROIT BOARD ACTS ON SEVERAL PROPOSALS AT MARCH MEETING
 DETROIT, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Detroit board of trustees acted recently (Thursday, March 5) at their March meeting on a number of proposals which dealt with important, timely issues. The proposal items included: the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) budget crisis; school finance reform; campaigns building on racial or ethnic tensions in the election season; and the Tiger Stadium ballot issue.
 SMART Budget Crisis
 Recognizing that a major metropolitan area cannot function properly without a regional mass transit system, the board agreed that in order to survive, SMART required a dedicated regional funding source and needed to merge with the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). Until this long-term goal can be implemented, the board passed a resolution calling for the interim funding of SMART with monies from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
 School Finance Reform
 New Detroit has long advocated school finance reform, believing that it is the duty of state government to ensure that all children receive an equal educational opportunity. To this end, NDI's Education, Youth and Arts Committee compiled a set of principles which assert that the large funding disparities among school districts must be eliminated and that local property tax relief be incorporated into any plan. The five principles are:
 1) Restoration of state spending to 1970 levels.
 2) Use of the state lottery to augment, not supplant, public education funding.
 3) The targeting of all new money to in-formula school districts on the basis of existing millage efforts, and requiring all districts to reduce millage to 30 mills.
 4) Decreasing reliance on property tax to fund public education.
 5) Increasing educational quality by employing the concepts of site- based management, a core curriculum based on measurable outcomes, and codifying students, teachers and parents rights and responsibilities.
 The board approved these principles and, in addition, passed a resolution supporting the Olmstead/Kearney Proposal for Tax Reduction and School Finance Reform, asserting that this proposal best embodies the five principles of school finance reform.
 Politics and Race Relations
 The board approved a set of 1992 election campaign principles that were developed by the Politics and Race Education Task Force. The task force, a subcommittee of the Race Relations Committee, was formed to monitor and counteract any attempts by presidential candidates to exploit or exacerbate racial and ethnic tensions. The principles, in summary, state that campaigners should: refrain from practices which foster racial and ethnic tensions; concentrate on legitimate issues of national concern; and assume responsibility for the actions of one's campaign workers.
 Tiger Stadium Ballot Issue
 The New Detroit board voted to support a "no" position on the upcoming Tiger Stadium ballot issue. A "no" vote would clear the way for tax subsidies from the city of Detroit to be used in the construction of a new stadium.
 New Detroit has earlier stated its support of a new stadium to be built in the city of Detroit, but has taken no position on any particular location within the city.
 For more information on New Detroit's positions on the SMART budget crisis or the Tiger Stadium ballot issue, contact Jeffrey Mansour, director of government affairs, at 313-496-2028. For more information on school finance reform or for a copy of New Detroit's Principles for School Finance Reform, contact Vice President Lois Work, at 313-496-2014. For more information on New Detroit's Politics and Race Education Task Force or for a copy of the Statement of Principles for the 1992 Election Campaign, contact Vivian Buffington, director of race relations, at 313-496-2029.
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 /CONTACT: John Huls, 313-496-2027, or Mary Hubbell, 313-496-2026, both of New Detroit/ CO: New Detroit, Inc. ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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