On the State of the State: Leading states have good roads, safe water – and strong schools

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered his sixth State of the State address, amid serious crises facing the communities of Flint and Detroit. The Education Trust-Midwest’s statement on the address focused on the need to find solutions both for the immediate challenges in both of these communities, as well as the long term educational challenge facing families, communities, and students across Michigan.

“We can’t turn away from Michigan’s statewide public education crisis to focus only on the most urgent issues of the moment,” saidAmber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest. “Leading states have good roads, clean water — and strong schools. We can, too. And we must for our state’s future.”

The time to invest in our students’ futures is now, and we look forward to working with state leaders and the 21st Century Education Commission – announced in the Governor’s address – to make Michigan a top ten education state.

Capital Update

Governor’s State of the State Address. Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered his sixth State of the State address. During the education section of the speech, the Governor focused on the financial challenges facing Detroit Public Schools and announced the creation of a 21st Century Education Commission.

House Education Committee heard testimony from the Michigan Department of Education on M-STEP, and the timing of student scores. Click here to watch the hearing.

Upcoming Meetings:
Senate Education, K-12, School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee.Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. Harry T. Gast Appropriation Room, 3rd Floor, Capitol Building. Agenda: Senate Bill 654 (Shirkey – R), revising requirements for payment to support attendance of pupils at postsecondary institutions.

House Education Committee and House School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee. Wednesday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. Room 426 of the State Capitol Building. Agenda: Fall 2015-16 Pupil Count.

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