MEA urges funding for Governor's voc/tech training expansion


MEA urges funding for Governor's voc/tech training expansion
MEA supports Gov. Snyder's recent call for the need to expand vocational and technical education for Michigan students.

MEA President Steven Cook said, "Providing students with the training to match the jobs that are being created in today's society is clearly a worthy goal.  I appreciate the Governor's focus and support of vocational and technical education in Michigan public schools."

But support should be more than words. Support also means properly funding programs that are vital to preparing students for the jobs available in a changing economy. Cook also urged the Governor and lawmakers to look beyond just the economic benefits of education.

While Snyder has said that "having the right kind of talent is more critical to the long-term success of a business than taxes and regulations," the Governor and lawmakers had no trouble giving corporate special interests a $1.8 billion tax cut in 2011, while at the same time, cutting funding to public education by $1 billion.