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Granholm: A Landmark Week for Education in Michigan

Jan. 8, 2010: In her weekly radio address, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said this was a landmark week for Michigan education with the signing of the Race to the Top legislation and news about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.
“On Monday, I signed a five-bill legislative package that reforms Michigan’s education system and allows the state to compete for up to $400 million in federal Recovery Act funds for our schools through President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative,” Granholm said. 

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

“I want to commend the legislature for its quick, bipartisan action on these reforms which focus on how we can improve student academic progress.  We now will have a system for measuring academic growth, and every single person in our education system will be accountable for children’s academic progress.”
Also making news this week, the governor said, was an announcement Thursday about the universities and school districts participating in the Michigan Teaching Fellowship, created last fall when the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $16.7 million grant to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  Over a two-year period, the fellowship will train 240 new math and science teachers who during their first three years in the classroom will teach almost 90,000 students.
“The 240 new teachers will teach in the five school districts that serve the cities of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor,” Granholm said.  “And the six universities selected to educate these new teachers are Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, Michigan State, U-M, Wayne State, and Western Michigan.”
“The W.K. Kellogg Woodrow Wilson fellowships, the Race to the Top initiative, and our state education reforms are transformational for our students, teachers, schools and universities,” Granholm said.  “All share a common goal: giving children throughout Michigan the world-class education and skills they need to compete in a global economy.”
The governor’s weekly radio address is released each Friday and may be heard on broadcast stations across the state.  The address is available for download on the governor’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/gov together with a clip of the quote above.  The radio address also is available as a podcast on the Web site as well as on iTunes and via RSS feed for general distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers.  Links to the audio files and text of today’s address follow.

On the Internet: Full:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/Gov231Full_306695_7.mp3 
Edited:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/Gov231Edit_306697_7.mp3
Quote:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/Gov231Quote_306700_7.mp3









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