There has been little conversation about education in the governor’s race between Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero.

But that is expected to change Sept. 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn when some of the state’s leading education advocates put the education crisis before the gubernatorial candidates.

Education and business go hand-in-hand and Michigan cannot expect a sound economy without sound education policy that empowers tomorrow’s leaders, observers are saying.

“Michigan’s Education Crisis: Issues of the Next Governor” is the title of a forum featuring Carol Goss, president of The Skillman Foundation; Reginald Turner, member of the State Board of Education; Curtis Ivery, chancellor, Wayne County Community College;  Tom Watkins, former Michigan superintendent of education; and Daniel Little, chancellor, UM-Dearborn.

Bankole Thompson, Chronicle senior editor, will moderate the forum at UM-Dearborn Fairlane Center North – Quad E.  Admission is free.

The forum part of UM-Dearborn’s “Issues in Diversity and Social Change” lecture series will mark the first constructive discussion around education since the governor’s race began taking shape.

For more information, contact Ann Lampkin-Williams at

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