Pavlov announces committee hearings on Michigan’s academically failing schools

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Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced Wednesday that the Michigan Senate Education Committee will conduct a series of hearings on Michigan’s academically failing schools, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Who:
•    State Sen. Phil Pavlov, chairman of the Senate Education Committee;
•    Senate Education Committee members;
•    State of Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston;
•    Michigan Department of Education staff;
•    McLellan Law Offices Chairman Richard D. McLellan; and
•    Former Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie Markavitch.
•    Invited guests include State School Reform Officer Natasha Baker and Office of Governor Rick Snyder, Senior Advisor for Education Karen McPhee. Other invitations are pending.

What:
A series of hearings of the Michigan Senate Education Committee on the topic of “Michigan’s academically failing schools.”

When:
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 a.m.

Where:
Lansing. Note: Official public notices will be posted for each hearing, in accordance with Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

Brief:
While a great deal of focus recently has been dedicated to the financial health of Michigan’s public schools, we must also remain mindful of the academic health of our schools.

Earlier this spring, the Legislature passed new “Early Warning” laws to let the departments of Education and Treasury better identify and prevent fiscal crisis in school districts. The conversation surrounding public schools’ fiscal health continues, most notably, with Gov. Snyder’s recently announced plans to address debt in Detroit Public Schools.

The academic health of our schools is equally important, and given the Legislature’s purview over elementary and secondary education provided for in the Michigan Constitution, it is appropriate that the Senate Education Committee should lead this discussion.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov will facilitate this public conversation for the edification of policy makers, parents, educators, and the general public. The committee will hear from statewide education experts and welcomes ideas for solutions — legislative or otherwise — to the persistent problems that plague some of our public schools and deny our children the education they deserve.