A good investment
When I first heard about the new Traverse City Area Public Schools International School at Bertha Vos, I jumped to the conclusion that it would be focused on foreign language and other cultures. That's what the name implies. Then I got informed, and I encourage others to do so as well.
The proposed curriculum does include foreign language, and should help prepare children to compete in a global economy. What drove my husband and I to enroll our children, however, was the reputation of the International Baccalaureate program for being academically rigorous in every subject. The method of teaching in an IB school is different from a traditional school. Students are taught to be independent learners, to ask questions and find the answers for themselves, dive deeper into subject matter and think critically about what they're learning.
There are waiting lists in districts throughout the United States with families eager to get their kids in the IB programs because the graduates outperform their peers. I believe when the word gets out in our community how well these students are doing, there will be no questions about the school being a good investment. Kudos to TCAPS for taking the plunge.
Nice to be forgiven
Holders of real estate loans are supposed to repay them. Many of our residents are unable to pay their mortgages and are losing their homes because of foreclosure.
This is not true for Traverse City developer David Schostak, who lost an attempt to avoid paying his loan for the Cherryland Shopping Center in a Michigan Court of Appeals judgment. He next turned to the Michigan State Legislature, where our Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, voted for a bill, Public Act 67, which will enable Mr. Schostak to overturn this court ruling to pay $2.1 million in debt plus $260,000 in legal fees to the Wells Fargo Bank.
Interesting is the fact that Mr. Schostak's brother is not only his business partner but also the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Well, it must be nice to be forgiven loans. It appears that double standards are alive and well in Michigan, where your Republican connections can design and pass a law which overrides judicial disapproval and gets you out of repaying your loan.