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    Tag: graduation rates

    The New Cherry Commission: If at first you don't succeed, hope everyone forgets you tried

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 06:54:58 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, task force, government efficiency, EPIC FAIL, graduation rates, Cherry Commission, MSM, bias (all tags)

    Credit where credit is due.  Easy to give the mainstream media a hard time for their all-too-often biased, incomplete or one-sided reporting habits but every now and again they do a cracker-jack job.  Case in point, this morning's Detroit News which has taken it upon itself to actually dig into the results of a Granholm-Cherry promise dating back to the early re-election campaign days halfway through their first term.

    It was in 2004 that the Guv first tabbed her second-in-command (and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate) John Cherry to head up a fancy commission to identify and establish plans to double the college graduation rate here in Michigan.  Because if you form a special task force it shows you're serious, whether or not it delivers the bacon, apparently.  

    And if that kind of a move sounds familiar, it should.  Earlier this calendar year the Guv tabbed her second-in-command (and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate) John Cherry to head up a fancy commission to identify and establish plans to ostensibly reduce the size of state government. Because the two of them have shown such a strong commitment to that concept these past six-plus years.  (But that's a rant for a different post.)

    No one's quite sure when or where Cherry's fancy NEW task force is going to be holding it's supposedly (but not really) public hearings... and if YOU'VE gotten wind of the specific when and where, please, leave a comment... but we've already got the results, recommendations and battle plans that emerged from the 2004 group of talkers.  A lot of talk and bluster and posturing and promises.  Results? The Detroit News:

    It was a lofty goal: Double the number of Michigan residents with a higher education within a decade.

    But nearly five years after Gov. Jennifer Granholm's call to educate the work force to a more prosperous economy, Michigan's rate has merely inched forward.

    The number of degrees and certificates awarded in Michigan increased just 4.4 percent over four years, according to data compiled by The Detroit News.

    OH!  4.4 is 93.6 LESS than 100.  What is it the kids are saying these days? "EPIC FAIL?!"  

    Are these the kind of results we can expect from John Cherry's super-secret, wasteful, duplicative "government efficiency" task force?  Here's hoping. Frankly, a 4.4 percent success rate is better than I'd normally expect from Lansing Democrats.

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