Granholm Given Education Award

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The honor of being named national education policy leader of the year has to be bittersweet for Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The National Association of School Boards of Education announced the award Friday. But many of Granholm's initiatives it praised were cut back or eliminated in the latest budget, including the Michigan Promise Grant college scholarships.

The Democratic governor is trying to get lawmakers to restore the scholarships, but it's unclear if they will.

Other initiatives for which she was praised, such as creating a public-private partnership to improve childhood care and education, also were trimmed to deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall.

Granholm says education is the most important strategy for transforming Michigan's economy.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    Stimulus money goes to teachers in the economy.If schools combine,and students go without,or whatever schools end up doing.The stimulus money went for nothing?I really wonder where the USA is headed.Many have now found out what having nothing means.Every one is cutting back except the government people.Their pay keeps them above the rest that are down below in money.They cut people,not themselves.Awards should not be given for this.They should offer awards and money for anyone that can bring jobs into MI.Maybe not using lights,heat,computers,should be where schools cut down to save.Maybe gas for field trips and sporting events should be stopped.Just what are schools going to cut now?H1N1 is already closing schools as more cases are found.How does this effect schools?We can't win for loosing.
  • by Sue Location: Michigan on Oct 18, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Our president now wants schools to run longer?WHY.Not in mich they can't afford to run at all.Watch our local govs try to get more taxes to run schools.Sorry people are beyond broke.School tax is right on our property tax statements.Gee,no wonder so many homes are getting lost.Add all costs up to own,one has to forget that deal.It's better to have empty homes sitting all over,than have families living in them.Just so local gov can gain TAX money.It's not working.Cost go up for schools just like they are people.As long as greedy people keep raising prices,nothing will work.Our system will fail and has.Greed gets an F as it is something that destroys.Government gets an F because they allow it to go on.Why award people for failure?We can't get them out of office.Law makers have made sure of that.Kids do know how to get drunk and smoke,party hardy.Many end up dead.Want money to fund this state.Raise the TAX on booze like they did tobacco stuff.Keep buying made in china loose more jobs.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Oct 17, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    That's right! Kids can't count or do math. Just go through the drive-thru at McDonalds and find out for yourself. Our youth is so dependent on computers that they couldn't do anything on their own to save their own a**! Thank the government and technology for that.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    I'm sorry, but Michigan schools are going too have too cut back the same goes too the government! Michigan has the highest jobless rate in the nation! There is no money! Maybe people living in Michgan should buy products made in Michigan. If you don't like that you should ask China to pay for Michigan schools they have all the money.
  • by Jim on Oct 17, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Certain people should not be allowed to get awards.Doing certain things is just part of their jobs.Tax payers pay their wages.At this point in Mich awards should be for doing a great job,above and beyond your call.I can't say that for MI gov in any ways.I see many of them upper government people,never being voted in again.I'm tired of many cuts being done that don't need be.Many of us are just tired of no jobs.First unemployment then welfare.Loosing all we worked for,for years.I think many can say this state is going no where.The high prices raises has hurt every one.Schools can't run on nothing but neither can people.Schools are not funded equal,I know.People aren't treated equal either.Look at our tax system.Your income and who you are is where it is at.The suck up ones have it made.Anger?Schools good or bad?what about fire departments,Charities,food banks,Social security ones,low incomes,medicaid,medicare,disabled people,the homeless? what about all angered?Can't do a thing about it
  • by Pandering on Oct 17, 2009 at 03:41 AM
    Tired of Anger. Yes the state relied on the auto industry, but the governor didn't initiate much diversity in the economy until the handwriting was on the wall. Remember she tried to diverisfy by bringing a foreign car company to the state. Yep she is just another politician and the education INDUSTRY is pandering to her because your afraid of what will happen next. She just vetoed parts of the agriculture budget the second largest economy in the state. The education INDUSTRY is just that, a factory of Professors and Teachers and Administrators with Agendas just like the politicians to save your own skins while many suffer. We could all sacrifice but in this era of me first I don't see any hope. This is going to upset a lot of people but I have mirror in my bathroom and have to face myself and my conscience everyday. I've worked for nearly 40 years in the private sector and haven't demanded anything, but our politicians have caused our anger. They should get another AWARD.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:16 PM
    Sorry but the schools ARE doing a terrible job! Have you ever seen a kid at a cash register try to figure change. THEY CAN'T! We own a business and only 1 child out of ten actually knew how to count back change. It is terrible! Kids can't spell because they are also being shown how to use spell checker in computer class, they can't count because they are allowed to use calculators and many can't read because they don't need to because there are video's, books on tape ect. Too much technology is being used in the schools and they need to go back to the basics of teaching how to read, write and math without a calculator. Computer technology can wait for college because there is not 1 of those 10 kids that did not know how to use a computer and very well! They didn't learn how to use it in school they learned it at home. I cannot believe the classes they have now for example: silk screening, survival, basket weaving, jewelry designs ect. SCHOOLS ARE WASTING MONEY!CUT BACK EVERYTHING!
  • by Tired of Anger Location: GL on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    It is absolutely untrue that Michigan has the worst school districts in the U.S. It would be great if people would stop taking their anger out on the public schools. They certainly are not funded equally, but the majority of the schools do a good job and move our kids into some of the best universities in the U.S. - our own Michigan colleges. It is NOT the fault of our education system that our economic system was reliant on the auto factories. This reliance happened long before Governor Granholm.
  • by anon on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    You have got to be kidding me! What nut-job thinks she can do anything right!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    Are these the same people who gave obama his peace prize. Michigan still has the worst school district in the US and others that rank up there. The education system creates the grads and sends them out of state.
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