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Bridges4Kids LogoHerbert S. Moyer: Superintendent Crisis
Herbert S. Moyer, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Voice of the People, January 26, 2005
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TEMPERANCE - For the past 51 years, I have been a public school educator. The past eight years I served as a member of the Michigan State Board of Education, most recently as its vice president. I took on the role as a state board member not for political gain, but for my love of public education.

For this reason, I have been shocked and dismayed as I have reviewed the recent happenings between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and State Superintendent Tom Watkins. I campaigned for and supported Gov. Granholm and I had the privilege to be on the board that voted to hire Tom Watkins. He has fulfilled my expectations and that of many of my other board members with his capability, vision and dedication to public education. This was reflected in his last evaluation, just a few months ago, when he was given an A- on his evaluation.

All of the current board members but one participated in that evaluation. This was done because he was fulfilling the goals set by the board of education, on which the governor is represented.

It is obvious that Gov. Granholm must have been severely misled and possibly provided inaccurate counsel about Tom by some members of her staff or possibly a member or two of the state board who have other agendas. I urge Gov. Granholm to review feedback provided on Tom as some of her comments don't reflect the individual serving in the state superintendent's role.

I urge Jennifer and Tom to get together, face to face, and resolve their differences and issues. Forget the politics and do what's best for public school education and the children of Michigan.

Dr. Herbert S. Moyer
Retired superintendent and former member of the Michigan State Board of Education.


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