State Board of Education member resigns, citing difficulty staying in Michigan

Michigan State Board of Education member Jason Strayhorn resigned Friday, saying he is moving out of state to support academic and sports opportunities offered to his three children.

Strayhorn, 46, told The Detroit News on Friday he recently sold his Novi home and lost his Michigan residency after 30 years. It was a decision he and his wife made after their three children were extended offers for academic and athletic careers in Florida and California.

Jason Strayhorn

“We have tried to continue having a Michigan residence. It became clear, it was too expensive and it’s too much,” Strayhorn said. “It’s very hard, extremely hard.”

Strayhorn said he got into his role on the state board to show Michigan’s school children the possibilities for people of color and lazy in education. He was elected to an eight-year term in 2020.