Governor focuses on Race To The Top in radio address

Governor Granholm used her weekly radio address to call for the Legislature to approve a package of education reforms soon.

Granholm says the Legislature must pass the bills before Christmas to make Michigan eligible to compete for a slice of $3.5 billion from the federal government.

"This is a competition in which all 50 states are racing to reform their education's systems so our children can compete in a global economy," she says. "Only a small number of states will win this race, and they'll be rewarded well."

Lawmakers say the state could receive as much as $500 million to reform schools. The application to compete is due mid-January.