Senate approves education reforms
LANSING — The Michigan Senate approved key education reforms Wednesday to help turn around failing schools, increase choice for parents and improve student performance.
“Senate Republicans are dedicated to education and improving schools across the state to ensure that Michigan children are ready for 21st century jobs,” said Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “I’m glad to see these bipartisan bills advance toward becoming law.”
Senate Bills 965, 981 and 982, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, allow for alternative paths to teacher certification and provide specific support systems for low-performing schools.
SBs 925 and 926, sponsored by Sen. Buzz Thomas, D-Detroit, would meet Race to the Top’s goal of increasing student choice by allowing more high-performing charter schools.
Race to the Top is a competitive federal grant program that requires governors to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for funds to carry out reforms.
This legislation would make Michigan better qualified in its application for federal education funds to support our school children. The state must have these critical and innovative education measures in place before the program’s Jan. 19 application deadline.
The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Posted: Thursday, December 03, 2009
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