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Will ESA legislation be tied to Common Core Repeal?

Will ESA legislation be tied to Common Core Repeal?

| September 19, 2017 | Reply

Our last few posts have centered around the political games and lack of transparency regarding Senate bills 544-549 to create MI Education Savings Plans (M-ESP) being promoted by Senator and gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton).   M-ESP creates a new entitlement and expensive bureaucracy where money follows the child.   The money can be used for MDE […]

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Senate Ed – Transparent now, but still a bad idea

Senate Ed – Transparent now, but still a bad idea

| September 18, 2017 | 1 Reply

Last week, we warned you the Senate Ed committee was announcing and hearing some bad bills. Fortunately, perhaps due to our disclosure, no vote was held. but these terrible bills are again on the Senate Ed Committee agenda for tomorrow. Anyone who believes in less regulation should be appalled. These ESA bills are bad for […]

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Legislative Shenanigans on “School Choice”

Legislative Shenanigans on “School Choice”

| September 11, 2017 | Reply

The Senate Education Committee is meeting tomorrow to discuss a set of bills that has not been made public, apparently has the support of the four Republican members and could be voted out of committee, without even one hearing with an informed public. Why are they conducting a hearing on a set of bills not […]

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A Lesson in Legislative Process…Superficial or Real Transparency?

A Lesson in Legislative Process…Superficial or Real Transparency?

| August 16, 2017 | 1 Reply

The team at Stop Common Core in Michigan has been critical of the legislative process related to repealing and replacing common core.  As a result, we’ve taken quite a bit of heat from lawmakers and others who are in turn critical of our “tactics.” They assert that we are trying to “micromanage” the process or […]

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Whose Agenda is Lansing Enacting?

Whose Agenda is Lansing Enacting?

| June 26, 2017 | Reply

I thought the grassroots sent a clear message in last year’s election.  I thought we elected the most conservative legislature ever.  I thought they voted in conservative leadership.  I thought we told them to get rid of Common Core, eliminate ObamaCare, reduce the size of government making it less intrusive.  Isn’t this what we told […]

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Voter grills Speaker Leonard for email about BBQ but inaction on Common Core

Voter grills Speaker Leonard for email about BBQ but inaction on Common Core

| June 20, 2017 | Reply

Parents and voters are FED UP with the inaction of the Michigan House on HB 4192 to Repeal and Replace Common Core.   They are NOT happy and they are letting Speaker Leonard and Representative Chatfield know exactly how they feel.  One activist took the opportunity to use Speaker Leonoard’s upcoming invitation to a BBQ […]

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Parents FED UP with legislative inaction to get rid of Common Core!

Parents FED UP with legislative inaction to get rid of Common Core!

| June 19, 2017 | Reply

Last year, bills were introduced in the House and Senate to repeal and replace common core, science, social studies, and assessments.  They did not get very far.  In January of 2017,  HB 4192 to Repeal and Replace Common Core was introduced by Rep. Gary Glenn.   The bill was referred to the Michigan Competitiveness Committee […]

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Mixed Bag Responses from Key Legislators on HB4192 Repeal Common Core

Mixed Bag Responses from Key Legislators on HB4192 Repeal Common Core

| June 12, 2017 | Reply

A couple education activists recently shared correspondence they received from Representatives Lee Chatfield and Hank Vaupel.  With permission, we are sharing them here and taking the opportunity to respond. Actual Letters (PDF). We sincerely appreciate Rep. Chatfield’s continued support for passing HB 4192.  If necessary, we are available to work with him and Representative Gary Glenn […]

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It’s not rocket science, Senator Colbeck!

It’s not rocket science, Senator Colbeck!

| June 8, 2017 | Reply

The STEM bill SB 343/344 overwhelmingly passed the full Senate.   It was referred to the House and now sits in the Workforce and Talent Committee. The same committee where it died in 2015.  Some might ask, “Why isn’t this in the House Education Committee?  Simple.  They want this bill passed to begin to credential […]

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Colbeck responds, calls STEM post “misinformation”

Colbeck responds, calls STEM post “misinformation”

| June 7, 2017 | Reply

Senator Colbeck responded via Twitter to my post yesterday on the STEM bill and  his support based on the notion that “he would like to  encourage math and science rather than advanced basketweaving” Ahh…your misinformation continues. Nice try….parents in control not Lansing — Sen Patrick Colbeck (@pjcolbeck) June 6, 2017 Unfortunately, Senator Colbck offers no […]

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