Governor Snyder and U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Hold Town Hall

By Mike Brownfiled | May 07, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited two Detroit schools on Monday and held a joint town hall to discuss efforts at reforming education in Michigan.

During the town hall, Secretary Duncan spoke about the improvement Detroit Public Schools have made over the last two years and how he is hopeful about the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), a program designed to help Michigan's lowest performing schools. (Watch the video above.)

"I'm very, very encouraged with the progress Detroit Public Schools are making," Duncan said. "I think the EAA is still early, but this is the right type of work, and I'm very hopeful about where this will go. And so I think the community should be encouraged. The community should feel that things are going in the right direction."

Governor Snyder spoke about the need for Michiganders to work together to improve education in the state:

"It's really getting people to treat people the right way and to work together to do this. Our goal is to grow together, our goal is to get student growth, and to succeed together.

"This is about Michiganders not blaming, not fighting, not taking credit, just solving the problem, which is for us adults to create the best platform and opportunity to help these wonderful young students to do what we want you to do, which is to learn and grow and take leadership of our state over the long term."

Learn more about Governor Snyder's proposals for education reform in his Special Message on Education.