A little more than one year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder announced his plan to form a 21st-Century Education Commission to study ways to improve the state’s education system. Today that group issued its non-binding report.
The commission’s recommendations cover a wide swath of education policy, from leadership development to competency-based learning, from universal pre-K for all four-year-olds, to free community college for all, additional help for students attending four-year universities, facilities funding assistance for poorer communities, and additional K-12 funding overall.
The 25-member Commission – comprised of educators, business leaders, labor representatives, and nonprofit professionals – reached consensus on numerous recommendations. The chair was Dr. Thomas Haas, president of Grand Valley State University.
“There are a number of sound recommendations in this report… but until we make adequate funding a priority and ensure the voices of front-line educators are heard in crafting education policy, none of those recommendations can become reality,” said MEA President Steven Cook, who was an appointed member of the commission.
MEA and AFT Michigan issued a joint press release on Friday responding to the commission’s report.