Governor previews education changes

Previewing a special education address he'll deliver Wednesday in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder Monday cited lackluster student test scores and said he wants to partner with educators and others to help students.

"I waste no time picking fights, arguing, or putting blame on people," Snyder told several hundred attending the 16th Annual Governor's Education Summit in East Lansing. "The sole focus of what we need to do. . . is to focus on solving the problem."
 
While Snyder's rhetoric is encouraging, the reality in Lansing is that many bills remain in play that will hurt students, public employees, and communities. This week, for example, lawmakers are working to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. Many anti-worker bills are under consideration in the Legislature, creating an atmosphere where some lawmakers openly bash educators and their unions.