KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice said he is seeking the state superintendency because it is an important time for the future of education in Michigan.
The State Board of Education named five finalists, including Rice, who will interview for the state superintendent position, the board announced after a special meeting Friday, April 5.
The local superintendent is seeking the statewide leadership position because it’s a “generational moment” for school funding, literacy, and accountability in the state and the teaching profession, Rice said after a Kalamazoo school board meeting Thursday, April 11.
“It’s an important moment in Michigan education history,” he said. “It’s a crossroads moment.”