Democrats cement majority on Michigan Board of Education –

by | Nov 9, 2022 | Education

Two Democratic candidates have won seats on the Michigan Board of Education, part of a wave of Democratic victories statewide.Incumbent board member Pamela Pugh brought in more than 25 percent of the vote and newcomer Mitchell Robinson more than 24 percent, according to preliminary vote totals. Their Republican opponents, Tamara Carlone and Linda Lee Tarver, each had close to 23 percent. “We know that that education was such an important topic this election cycle,” said Pugh, who has first elected to the Board in 2014, “so I really look forward to getting back to the to the work at hand, making sure our children have educators who are well paid and well respected, helping to assess the needs of our children post-pandemic and making sure that that we’re creating the environments and putting forward the best tools and education for them.”Pugh has worked in public health for more than two decades, including serving as Flint’s chief public health advisor in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis.She added that she is excited about “a legislature that I think will be supportive of the best education that we can possibly provide for our children as well as a governor who will work with the state board to do the same.”Robinson, a professor of music at Michigan State University, said in an email that he’s looking forward to working with other members of the board “to strengthen Michigan’s schools, defend our state’s …

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