Before Address, Snyder Talks Education Reform 4-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Before Address, Snyder Talks Education Reform 4-25-2011

Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to reinvent education to improve the number of students who are ready for college and get a degree.
Speaking Monday to the Governor's Education Summit at Michigan State University, Snyder said he'll lay out specific changes during an address Wednesday in Detroit.
According to the governor, fewer than 50 percent of Michigan students are proficient in writing across grades 4, 7 and 11, which he said is "not good enough."
Snyder said hundreds of high schools had no students who were college-ready, judged by the ACT.
He said he wants to work with educators to free up schools and teachers to be their best.
Snyder encouraged educators to work with him to improve the Michigan school system from early childhood education through college.
Snyder's first budget proposed an income tax on pensions and cuts to education and local government spending, sparking a series of demonstrations outside the Capitol.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Democratic minority in the Michigan Senate says preserving money for public schools is her top priority in ongoing budget votes.
Sen. Gretchen Whitmer reiterated Monday that she wants money in the state's school aid fund reserved for K-12 schools. Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans propose using some school aid money for universities and community colleges while also cutting business taxes.
Whitmer says she could support other parts of a budget deal if Republicans who control the Legislature agree to use the school aid fund only for K-12 schools.
Whitmer says if more tax revenue comes to Michigan than expected, it should go to schools to protect them from proposed budget cuts.
Schools could lose an additional $300 per student next fiscal year under Snyder's plan.
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