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Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis: Superintendent Whiston a great partner and friend

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis issued a statement following State Superintendent Brian Whiston’s announcement of a medical leave of absence.

“Superintendent Whiston continues to affect positive change for our education system while pushing boundaries that make our young people better prepared for life after high school and position Michigan to become a leader in talent development.

“Under his leadership, the Michigan Department of Education has developed forward-looking strategies to make Michigan a Top 10 state in 10 years while challenging the traditional way of thinking when it comes to education and preparing students to become lifelong learners through the Marshall Plan for Talent and the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance.

“Though his absence will be noticed, we know the strong partnership we have built together between our departments will continue to grow strong.  It will be this unprecedented partnership and collaboration between our departments that will ensure Michigan’s future remains bright.

“Superintendent Whiston is a great partner and friend. We remain optimistic for him and his family, and we pray for his recovery.”