But it needs to be about big ideas, bold ideas and it cant be small. It has to be, How do you launch Michigan for another decade of growth in terms of jobs and paychecks and opportunity? That needs to be the discussion. He said he was really encouraged by what Snyder, the GOP-led Legislature and other top Republicans have accomplished, but more must be done to keep people from leaving the state, to attract new residents and to grow the economy. Schuette said education is in many respects on a delivery system from the 1900s. He lauded President-elect Donald Trumps selection of Michigan school-choice advocate and major GOP donor Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary. Democrats and unions say DeVos has undermined traditional public education by backing a failed voucher initiative and supporting the expansion of public funded charter schools. Michigan has fared poorly compared to other states both on students test scores and their academic improvement in the last decade. here are the findingsWe need to give more students more opportunity, more choices, more options on how their parents want to provide them their educational launching pad, Schuette said. He characterized 2016 as full, citing the Flint probe and his work tied to processing untested rape-evidence kits, fighting human trafficking, addressing oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac and stopping the recount of Michigans presidential vote. special infoHis ongoing, nearly year-long investigation of how Flints tap water became contaminated with toxic lead has led to charges against 13 current or former government officials, most recently two emergency managers that Snyder appointed to run the impoverished city and two Flint officials. The investigation is not over, though Schuette said were far closer to the end than the beginning. He has faced criticism both that higher-ranking members of Snyders administration have not been charged or that those charged and others who may be never knowingly intended to endanger the publics health. Lead from old pipes leached into the water supply for up to 18 months because corrosion-reducing phosphates were not added when the source was switched from a Detroit-area water system to the Flint River in 2014. The improperly treated river water also has been linked to a deadly Legionnaires disease outbreak.
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