Parent Empowerment Education Reform bills pass Senate

LANSING–The Michigan Senate on Thursday passed a comprehensive set of bills that increase learning opportunities and personalize education for K-12 students statewide.

The legislation eliminates arbitrary restrictions on statewide cyber schools, expands the current ability of public schools to offer instructional services to non-public students, and broadens the guidelines for high school students to participate in dual enrollment courses, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, chair of the Senate Committee on Education.

“These bills are about empowering parents with the education choices and opportunities that work best for their children and giving schools the flexibility they need to innovate and excel,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “These measures will provide better educational options for all Michigan students, regardless of where they live or go to school.”

Pavlov said the reform package is focused on students’ needs. It removes arbitrary geographical boundaries, age limits and conditions that prevent students from reaching their full educational potential.

He said the dual-enrollment bills enable high-achieving students to complete up to ten college courses during their high school years.

“Our goal is to have the most educated population and workforce in our state,” Pavlov said. “This package removes unnecessary barriers to delivering the best educational experience each individual student needs.”

Senate Bills 619, 621 – 623, and 709 – 710 now head to the Michigan House for consideration.

Pavlov welcomes Eastern Michigan Young Marines to Capitol

LANSING—Sen. Phil Pavlov stands in the Capitol rotunda with the Eastern Michigan Young Marines, led by Commanding Officer Michael T. Havermale.

The group gave a presentation to the state Senate declaring Oct. 13 Young Marines Day in Michigan.

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Sen. Pavlov announces October office hours

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that October office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations:

Monday, Oct. 24
6 to 7 p.m.
Port Huron City Hall
Room 101
100 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

Senate approves measure lifting the cap on charter schools

LANSING–The Michigan Senate on Thursday passed legislation that will lift the arbitrary cap on charter schools and enable parents anywhere in Michigan to pursue the education choices that work best for their children, said sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov.

Two-thirds of the state’s charter schools, mostly in urban districts like Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, have waiting lists as parents demand more educational choices and better results.

Pavlov said Senate Bill 618 addresses that problem.

“This bill enables parents to choose the best educational opportunities for their children and it allows schools to innovate and excel,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “We must not lose sight of what is best for our kids’ education when we discuss these issues.”

SB 618 will:

  • Foster healthy competition and better educational options by removing the arbitrary cap on the number of public charter schools allowed in the state;
  • Attract high-quality charter operators to Michigan by allowing charter boards to operate more than one school;
  • Promote best-practice sharing by permitting two or more authorizers to jointly charter schools;
  • Require charter contract renewals to be based predominantly on increased student academic achievement;
  • Allow a tax exemption for property occupied by a charter school and used exclusively for educational purposes; and
  • Add yet more accountability for public charter schools in terms of academic achievement and spending of taxpayer dollars.

 

SB 618 now heads to the Michigan House for further consideration.