But the commission made efforts in its Jan. 5, 2007 meeting in Lansing to find solutions to potential problems by reviewing its unapproved, 5-year Strategic Plan.
Reyna said enrollment and the quality of education was identified as the most prominent concern for the commission, but the commission aims to collect more accurate data regarding Michigan Latinos’ health, economy and political involvement. Commissioners will also track the effects of recently passed legislation, such as Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s $4,000 scholarship granted to every secondary education-bound student.
A final draft of the plan will most likely be made available on the commission’s Web site this month and presented to Gov. Granholm.
Reyna said the commission could approve the plan as early as February during its monthly meeting.
Carrying out the commission’s goals should be easier with a recent move to the Ottawa government building, home of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, and more resources available, said COSSA office’s Executive Director Marylou Mason.
COSSA moved into the building late last year and employees are still getting settled in, Mason said. “It will give us more access to the state departments and more stability,” she said. “There’s lots of work to be done, but it can be done.”
The commission will be going into 2007 led by its officers from the previous year, which includes: Chair José Luis Reyna, Vice Chair Danette Duron-Willner, Secretary Arminda García, and Trustee Benjamin Inquilla.