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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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For Senator Colbeck, It’s STEM or basket weaving for your children

For Senator Colbeck, It’s STEM or basket weaving for your children

| June 6, 2017 | 1 Reply

(Update:  Senator Colbeck has responded and calls this post “misinformation” but provides NO evidence to support his claims.  Read more here.) Despite vocal opposition, the Senate Education Committee voted the STEM bill (SB 343/344) out of their committee.   In a feeble attempt to placate objections to credentialing students for careers by the Michigan Department […]

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Let the Governor’s race begin

Let the Governor’s race begin

| June 2, 2017 | Reply

As Memorial Day ends, the race for the Governor’s office is just getting started.   The Governor’s office has become very important in education policy since the Common Core State Standards were adopted in 2010 under Gov. Jennifer Granholm and continued under current Governor Rick Snyder.    In his time in office, Governor Snyder has […]

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The state has set their sights on homeschoolers.

The state has set their sights on homeschoolers.

| May 24, 2017 | Reply

There is a battle brewing below the surface between homeschoolers and the state of Michigan over homeschool partnerships and state-funding for homeschoolers and it relates to the battle to transform education into a P20 competency-based system from cradle to career.  A system that former MI superintendent Mike Flanagan said, “ALL learners must be in the […]

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Speaker Leonard, Please Keep Your Word!

Speaker Leonard, Please Keep Your Word!

| May 18, 2017 | Reply

I received an email from Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard encouraging people across the state to “Like” his Facebook page, read his information, share our own thoughts, and help hold him accountable.   He wrote, “I greatly value your input and appreciate your ideas to make Michigan an even better place to live. So, please […]

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Education is no longer about meeting the needs of children but the needs of the workforce.

Education is no longer about meeting the needs of children but the needs of the workforce.

| May 17, 2017 | 3 Replies

Education is no longer about meeting the needs of the child but meeting regional business needs for the workforce. State Senator John Proos has once again introduced two bills SB 343/344 to help prepare Michigan students for the workforce.  SB 343 requires school boards to make the latest “career outlook” for their region available to […]

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