Program: Career and technical education

Appropriation:

Federal Funds:

$2,804,400

 

GF/GP:

$689,900

 

Total:

$3,494,300[18]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the staff that oversees vocational-technological education programs at high schools and other centers operating in concert with community college programs.  It also administers federal grants as well as develops and implements new programs.

Program Recommendation:

Oversight and coordination of vocational and technical education programs should be provided by the organizations and individuals involved without state involvement.  These organizations are best equipped to determine the amount of resources to be applied to these functions verse actual instruction.  This program could be eliminated.  Savings: $3,494,300.

Program: Postsecondary education

Appropriation:

Federal Funds:

$1,332,400

 

Special Revenue Funds:

$478,900

 

GF/GP:

$679,000

 

Total:

$2,490,300[19]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds state administrative oversight of five initiatives.  They are 1) Community Colleges Services; 2) King-Chavez-Parks Initiative; 3) Proprietary Schools; 4) Veterans Education; and 5) Educational Corporations. 

Program Recommendation:

Transfer these programs to higher education.  The King-Chavez-Parks initiative will be addressed in greater detail in the higher education section of this study.  Transfer:  $2,490,300.

Program: Adult education

Appropriation:

Federal Funds:

$1,971,600

 

GF/GP:

$208,400

 

Total:

$2,180,000[20]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the administration of several state and federal adult education programs in Michigan.

Recommended Action:

This program should be eliminated along with state adult education programs.  Please see “Adult Basic Education” in the following section, “Department Grants,” for the rationale.  Savings:  $2,180,000.

Program: Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs

Appropriation:

All from GF/GP:

$220,500

 

Total:

$220,500[21]

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the commission, which was created in 1975 to “assist Michigan’s Spanish-speaking citizens in areas such as education, employment, civil rights, health and housing.”[22]

Recommended Action:

This commission and its funding should be eliminated.  Although there is no doubt that Spanish-speaking citizens benefit from such assistance, the same is true of virtually every other non-English-speaking ethnic group in Michigan.  This type of assistance is best provided and funded by local community organizations and ethnic associations.  Civil rights violations should be addressed by the Department of Civil Rights.  Savings:  $220,500.