QUALITY EDUCATION

Quality Education For All

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never got a chance to meet Mohandas K. Gandhi because he was only 19 when Gandhi was assassinated in 1948. But, Dr. King learned about Gandhi through his writing and a trip to India in 1959.  

Likewise, Shri Thanedar never got a chance to meet either of his social justice icons, Gandhi or Dr. King because he was born in 1955, and Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, when Shri was 13.  But, as a youth Shri learned how Dr. King drew significantly on Gandhian principle of nonviolence to propel the American Civil Rights Movement. Shri further saw real activism advanced by Mrs. Rosa Parks, when Dr. King wrote that “while the Montgomery [bus] boycott was going on, India’s Gandhi was the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

Shri Thanedar wants to be an instrument of social change for Michigan inspired by both Dr. King and Gandhi.

Shri will propose legislation to dramatically expand the scope of civil rights for the People of Michigan to include the following:

Right to Literacy

The Issue:

The Michigan legislature passed the “Read By Grade Three Law” that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help. The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Shri’s Solution:

The word literacy doesn’t appear in the Constitution, but built into the notions of liberty, built into the notions of being able to participate in our democracy and built into our notions of equality is the idea that when children are compelled to go to a building that is designated as a school, they have to find inside that building teachers and books and core curricular subjects – conditions that make learning possible especially when children are required to know how to read by the third grade. 

Tuition-Free Community College

The Issue:

Over the last decade, the average tuition and fees at private four-year schools rose 26 percent. It’s even worse at four-year public schools, where it has jumped 35 percent during that period. Free college is becoming a reality, as more states adopt “promise” scholarship programs to increase enrollment and accessibility. But, research from MDRC.org suggests free college tuition alone, without extra support, may not be enough to close the skills gap  and promote workforce development in Michigan.

Shri’s Solution:

To increase college enrollment and retention rates. I will propose legislation to mandate and fund extra services including supplemental college coaching; $50 per month for expenses such as bus passes and books; summer job opportunities and a management system that tracks student participation. The Excellence Opportunity Scholarship will give capable students, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford college the opportunity to pursue a higher education.

Scholarship Displacement Ban

The Issue:

In connection with Shri’s proposed “Excellence Opportunity Scholarships,” there is a way to fund the proposed EOS program and potentially solve the issue of when a student receives an aid package from a college, and then tells the college she or he has won a private scholarship, some colleges respond to this by reducing the amount of the college award by the size of the new scholarship instead of adding together the aid sources; that’s the scholarship displacement.

Shri’s Solution:

Michigan public colleges would no longer be able to reduce their awards without permission of the provider of the private scholarship under Shri’s Scholarship Displacement Ban Bill. A Michigan public college may only reduce its grant if the total awarded to a student (with the private scholarship) exceeds the students’ demonstrated financial need. 

Quality Education For All

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never got a chance to meet Mohandas K. Gandhi because he was only 19 when Gandhi was assassinated in 1948. But, Dr. King learned about Gandhi through his writing and a trip to India in 1959.  

Likewise, Shri Thanedar never got a chance to meet either of his social justice icons, Gandhi or Dr. King because he was born in 1955, and Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, when Shri was 13.  But, as a youth Shri learned how Dr. King drew significantly on Gandhian principle of nonviolence to propel the American Civil Rights Movement. Shri further saw real activism advanced by Mrs. Rosa Parks, when Dr. King wrote that “while the Montgomery [bus] boycott was going on, India’s Gandhi was the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

Shri Thanedar wants to be an instrument of social change for Michigan inspired by both Dr. King and Gandhi.

Shri will propose legislation to dramatically expand the scope of civil rights for the People of Michigan to include the following:

Right to Literacy

The Issue:

The Michigan legislature passed the “Read By Grade Three Law” that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help. The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Shri’s Solution:

The word literacy doesn’t appear in the Constitution, but built into the notions of liberty, built into the notions of being able to participate in our democracy and built into our notions of equality is the idea that when children are compelled to go to a building that is designated as a school, they have to find inside that building teachers and books and core curricular subjects – conditions that make learning possible especially when children are required to know how to read by the third grade. 

Tuition-Free Community College

The Issue:

Over the last decade, the average tuition and fees at private four-year schools rose 26 percent. It’s even worse at four-year public schools, where it has jumped 35 percent during that period. Free college is becoming a reality, as more states adopt “promise” scholarship programs to increase enrollment and accessibility. But, research from MDRC.org suggests free college tuition alone, without extra support, may not be enough to close the skills gap  and promote workforce development in Michigan.

Shri’s Solution:

To increase college enrollment and retention rates. I will propose legislation to mandate and fund extra services including supplemental college coaching; $50 per month for expenses such as bus passes and books; summer job opportunities and a management system that tracks student participation. The Excellence Opportunity Scholarship will give capable students, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford college the opportunity to pursue a higher education.

Scholarship Displacement Ban

The Issue:

In connection with Shri’s proposed “Excellence Opportunity Scholarships,” there is a way to fund the proposed EOS program and potentially solve the issue of when a student receives an aid package from a college, and then tells the college she or he has won a private scholarship, some colleges respond to this by reducing the amount of the college award by the size of the new scholarship instead of adding together the aid sources; that’s the scholarship displacement.

Shri’s Solution:

Michigan public colleges would no longer be able to reduce their awards without permission of the provider of the private scholarship under Shri’s Scholarship Displacement Ban Bill. A Michigan public college may only reduce its grant if the total awarded to a student (with the private scholarship) exceeds the students’ demonstrated financial need. 

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SHRI THANEDAR FOR STATE REP

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SHRI THANEDAR FOR STATE REP

Use Your Power. Join Our Movement.