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Michigan governor aims to change state's educational model

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 16:43 PM

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently announced sweeping education reform that was created to address teacher tenure and merit pay, The Detroit News reports.

The controversial issue is a priority for the governor, who told the news source that he wants to "improve the system as a whole" as well as "reinvent" Michigan government. Officials told the news source that they hope Snyder will tackle longstanding problems in the education system, which includes the need for consolidation among the 500 state schools.

"It does not make sense that we are spending billions of dollars and getting the results that we are getting," said Harrison Blackmond, Michigan director of Democrats for Education Reform. "I hope it would be that we are going to demand quality for all of our schools - traditional public schools, charter schools - and everybody is going to be held to high standards of quality."

The governor said in a recent speech that he wants to explore online options as a way for the state and school district to help young people "go further and be more successful."

According to the governor's office, the state spends nearly $12.2 billion for K-12 education. The proposed budgets aims to save nearly $425.5 million.