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New state superintendent Michael Rice shares his top priorities for Michigan students

picture of Michigan superintendent Michael Rice
Kalamazoo Public Schools
"It is not in the best interest of children to denigrate the profession of those people who daily work in classrooms across the state," said newly elected-state superintendent Michael Rice.


Michigan has a new state superintendent: Michael Rice

Rice began his teaching career as a high school French teacher in the Washington D.C. public school system. For the past 12 years, he's been the leader of the Kalamazoo Public Schools district. And last week, he was chosen by the State Board of Education to assume the state's top education job. 

Rice says there are a few issues he considers top priorities in his new role as state superintendent. They include: 

  • Adequacy and equity of school funding 
  • Investment in career and technical education
  • Addressing teacher shortages 

When it comes to that last priority, Rice told Stateside, "I want to rebuild the profession. I want more people going into public education. I want more people proud to be excited about training to be teachers."

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