June 20, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
Michigan’s public education system was the envy of the country. We provided our schools with adequate funding and led the nation in student achievement. Families relocated to Michigan for good jobs and a great public school system. As recently as 20 years ago, Michigan led Great Lakes states in education funding and student proficiency.
Today, we rank at the bottom of both categories.
This year, we have a golden opportunity to change course, reverse the trend, and put Michigan back in the driver’s seat in educational achievement.
Gretchen Whitmer’s candidacy for governor provides hope for students, educators, parents and business leaders that we will commit to ensuring a great public education for every child, regardless of their zip code.
Whitmer comes from a family strongly committed to public education. Her mother, grandmother and grandfather were public school educators. She has two daughters in the East Lansing Public Schools. When she speaks about her plans to fix our schools, she speaks from experience.
Her plan, “Get It Done: Better Schools Now for Michigan Students,” reflects input from educators around the state who shared their expertise about what students need to be successful.