“the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP)”
Democrats are in a mad dash to set up programs for ‘free’ college tuition. This issue is very important to them and more importantly, their voter base.
Campus Reform reports:
Whitmer launches new department in quest for ‘tuition-free’ Michigan
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on July 11, creating a statewide department that will assist with educational resources to ensure that K-12 students are on a path to “tuition-free” college.
In a state that already has an education department, the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) will share Whitmer’s goals of universal and state-funded pre-K over four years, as well as tuition-free college.
“I’m establishing MiLEAP today because we need to get every kid started early, in pre-K, so they succeed in kindergarten, have paths after graduation to get higher education tuition-free, and forge strong partnerships with our employers so they can get a good-paying, high-skill, and in-demand job,” Whitmer said.
MiLEAP’s stated goals include accelerating progress toward the state’s “Sixty by 30 goal” (of increasing the number of “working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree from 50.5% today to 60% by 2030”) so that everyone in the state can “earn a skill certificate or degree after high school, tuition-free.”
Effective Dec. 1, MiLEAP “will ensure all available resources, data, and funds are aligned around a single vision—building an education system that can support the economy of the future and help anyone make it in Michigan.”
Jakob Loutzenhiser, a senior at Ferris State University and president of FSU College Republicans, said he is concerned about how Whitmer’s education goals will be funded.
“I really like the idea of having [parents] send their kid to pre-K for free, but my concern comes from where this money is coming from and how much it will cost the people of Michigan,” Loutzenhiser said. “It seems like there isn’t a ton of knowledge of what the price tag is.”
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