Kalamazoo Superintendent Michael Rice will soon be Michigan’s state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Western Michigan University Professor of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology Brett Geier, says Rice is taking the job at a time when the position of state superintendent “has increased in terms of visibility and power over the last decade or so.”

WestSouthwest Brief with Brett Geier

Before he was a professor, Geier worked as a teacher, principal and between 2006 and 2010 was Superintendent of the Bloomingdale Public School District. He says the state Superintendent is primarily responsible for oversight over the State department of Education and ensuring compliance of laws and regulations.

Michigan has lagged behind other states in standardized test scores. Geier says the State Superintendent

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