State Board Has Sweeping Power Over Michigan Education. Is It in Limbo?

State Superintendent Brian Whiston

The State Board of Education doesn’t often make headlines in Michigan. But the state constitution gives it sweeping power to steer education policy.

The state board is going through a major change in 2017 after the GOP recently won enough seats to split the board evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about a meeting this week that brought new divisions in the State Board of Education to light.

The board deadlocked along party lines on a model student code of conduct. Roth says the major issue was protecting students from discrimination based on their gender identity. So what does this political split mean?

It could potentially mean that the board gets really stagnant and they hit a deadlock more often,” says Roth.

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

Image credit: Michigan Department of Education

This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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