Press Release

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (March 18, 2015) — Earlier today, the Michigan State Board of Education announced the selection of Brian Whiston as the next Superintendent of Public Instruction, following the retirement of Superintendent Mike Flanagan this summer. Currently, Mr. Whiston serves as superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools.

The following statement may be attributed to Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest:

“Education in Michigan is in the midst of important change. We hope that Brian Whiston will provide the courageous leadership and vision that will help transform Michigan into a top ten education state. We look forward to working with Mr. Whiston to ensure that all students have the tools and chance to achieve their full potential.”

“For far too long, Michigan accepted the status quo in education, and our students have paid the price of ineffective policies. Through research-based solutions, we have the opportunity to improve education and ensure that our students, families, and communities have the opportunities that they need and deserve.”

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The Education Trust-Midwest is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for all Michigan students, especially for African American, Latino, American Indian and low-income students. The Education Trust-Midwest believes in the power of intelligent education policy and practices — informed by data, research and the successes of other states — to make Michigan a top ten education state for all students.