He’s been a legislative aide, an education lobbyist, a university instructor and a local superintendent, but he says he never wanted to be the State Superintendent of Michigan schools. Nevertheless on July 1, Brian Whiston took on that new role at a time when public schools are struggling with tight budgets, the effects of standardized testing, educator evaluations, and relentless criticism.
Yesterday, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate launched a bold plan to relieve tax burdens on families, seniors and individuals. “Blueprint for Michigan’s Families” would restore nearly $1 billion in tax credits lost in Gov. Snyder’s 2011 tax shift from the middle class, seniors and working families to the $2 billion in tax breaks for big corporations.