New education subcommittee begins review of Michigan Merit Curriculum

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LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday participated in the first meeting of a new education subcommittee as it reviews the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

“Receiving a quality education is vital to having a rewarding career in today’s economy,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “More than 10 years ago, Michigan adopted one of the nation’s most rigorous sets of high school graduation requirements, designed to set high goals for students and to help them reach those goals. I am honored to be serving on a new panel tasked with ensuring that the Michigan Merit Curriculum is providing our students an education that gives them the tools necessary to be successful, obtain a well-paying job, and lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

In Thursday’s meeting, the subcommittee heard from former Lt. Gov. John Cherry and St. Clair Superintendent Dan DeGrow about the 2004 Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Cherry headed the commission, which was created by Gov. Granholm in 2004 to help double the number of Michigan college graduates in 10 years and ensure that Michigan provided residents with the necessary skills for the jobs of the 21st century.

As a result of the commission’s recommendations, the state enacted the MMC in 2006. Since that time, Michigan students have been required to obtain, as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, a minimum of 18 credits in eight specific subject areas.

“It was great to hear the insight of the people who helped shape the state’s education curriculum a decade ago,” Zorn said. “Education is not one-size-fits-all, and there is always room for improvement. As we undertake this top-to-bottom look at the MMC, my goal is to ensure that it gives all students an education that best meets their needs and prepares them for success.”

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Photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, (left) listens as former Lt. Gov. John Cherry and St. Clair Superintendent Dan DeGrow discuss the 2004 Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Zorn is a member of a new education subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which was enacted in 2006 as a result of the commission’s recommendations.