Summer is almost over, and all around Michigan high school students are buying their notebooks, binders, and #2 pencils in preparation for the start of classes. Many have already applied to college, been accepted, and are now worrying about how they’re going to pay for it. This time of year always reminds me of the 1986 classic Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield as Thornton Melon: a rich business man who attempts to prove to his son the importance of a college education by enrolling with him.

For most of Michigan’s prospective college students and their parents this is not an option. College is expensive, and college is necessary. Michigan’s families are hurting, and they need every financial resource available to help pay tuition.

While high school students prepare for another semester and their parents worry about how their going to pay for college, Michigan’s Senate has refused to act on the Michigan Promise Scholarship: a program that provides up to $4,000 per student in scholarship money.

Michigan has some of the best universities in the nation, and it’s an outrage some of our best and brightest will not be able to attend because they can’t afford it.

To most Michigander’s this is obvious. Apparently, the Michigan Senate has a few things to learn.

Let’s send them back to school!