New state superintendent talks testing, school choice, teaching cursive with lawmakers

By cori

LANSING — Incoming state superintendent Brian Whiston trekked back to the state Capitol to meet with state legislators Wednesday for a question-and-answer session on a wide variety of topics ranging from testing to teaching cursive.

Whiston, the current superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, takes over as Michigan's state superintendent on July 1. Outgoing State Superintendent Mike Flanagan retires at the end of the month after 10 years in charge.

"What I want to share with them is I hope five years from now we've done eight or 10 things to help shape education by working together," Whiston said. "By working together we can make it happen. If we can't find that common ground, five years from now we're going to sit here and say we couldn't do anything.

"In a joint meeting of the House Appropriation Subcommittees on Education and School Aid and the House Education Committee, Whiston answered questions from lawmakers on a number of topics.

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