LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 24, 2024) — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “State of the State” address tonight and her proposal to provide Pre-K and postsecondary attainment for every Michigan public school student: 


“As a former public school teacher for nearly 20 years, a PK-14 educational continuum was always an aspirational goal, but there was no mechanism or political will in place to make it happen. While we’ve achieved significant progress, such as offering free breakfast and lunch for every student, boosting per-pupil funding and extending access to free pre-school, there’s still more to accomplish. After enduring decades of neglect, our schools and students deserve nothing but the best, and we’re committed to delivering just that. Gov. Whitmer and the Legislature aim to change that by making free preschool and community college a reality for Michigan’s public-school kids.”