Thursday, October 22, 2009

Governor Granholm Honored as National Education Policy Leader of the Year

Is this a cruel joke? The press release is here: Governor Granholm Honored as National Education Policy Leader of the Year. Why the National Association of State Boards of Education did this, at this time, is at the least bitterly ironic. I would suggest they contact members of the boards of education that just had their budgets deliberately targeted and slashed by this Governor if she is really a leader worth celebrating. Yes, she adopted more rigorous standards for high school graduation, but she just made it much harder for teachers in 40 districts to help their students reach those standards, while breaking the promise at the heart of Proposal A's funding legislation.
It seems to me there is no reason why the NASBE can't change course. They certainly have not highlighted the choice on their web site (I can't find anything). Contact the Executive Director, Brenda Welburn via email here: brendaw@nasbe.org, you can also contact her at 703-684-4000 or fax at 703-836-2313. While you're at it, make sure to let Governor Granholm know how you feel about the unfair manner she has treated the 214,323 students impacted by the 20j veto (link to Governor comment page is here).

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