Pavlov named to education quality workgroup, looks forward to ensuring standards for all students

LANSING—In response to being named on Thursday to the bipartisan Workgroup on School Quality created under Public Act 277 of 2011, which lifts and eventually removes the cap on the number of university-authorized charter schools in Michigan, Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, issued the following statement:

“Every child in Michigan deserves a quality education, and every school has a responsibility to help deliver that.

“Rigorous quality standards have been in place for charter public schools for nearly two decades, and I look forward to leading this conversation about ensuring those standards for students throughout the entire system.”

Other members of the workgroup appointed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Speaker of the House Jase Bolger include Sens. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale; and Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor; and Reps. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia; Bill Rogers, R-Brighton; Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; and David Rutledge, D-Ypsilanti.

Pavlov will serve as chair the workgroup.

Photo Advisory: Governor signs Pavlov bill lifting the cap on charter schools

LANSING–State Sen. Phil Pavlov (left), R-St. Clair Township, and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Senate Bill 618, accompanied by Rep. Tom McMillin and Rep. Deb Shaughnessy. Snyder on Tuesday signed Pavlov’s bill, which will lift the arbitrary cap on charter schools in Michigan.

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House votes to put students, parents first; lifts arbitrary cap on charter schools

LANSING–As students across Michigan end the fall semester and prepare to break for Christmas, the state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 618, legislation to lift the arbitrary cap on charter schools in Michigan, empowering parents and putting children first.

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

“Parents want the best for their children, and that starts with a quality education,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senate Education Committee Chair Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Today’s action by the House of Representatives to lift the cap on charter schools and give parents quality options for their kids’ education is a critical step toward improving Michigan’s whole education system.”

SB 618 now heads back to the Senate, which is expected to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday for his signature.

In addition to today’s action to remove the arbitrary cap on university-authorized charter schools, the House is currently considering additional parent-empowerment reforms that would improve educational opportunities for Michigan children, including bills to:

  • Expand opportunities for cyber learning in Michigan;
  • Allow a majority of parents or teachers at a failing school to petition their district to convert the school to a charter;
  • Expand opportunities for public school districts to provide part-time services to non-public school students; and
  • Allow access to dual enrollment college credits for all high school students.

                                                                             
Pavlov applauded the speaker of the House and the chair of the House Education Committee for their work.

“The status quo is failing too many children,” Pavlov said. “That is something none of us, Republicans or Democrats, should tolerate. I commend the leadership of Speaker Bolger and Chairman McMillin in taking this major step toward breaking down barriers standing between our kids and their future.”

The education reform package is sponsored by Sens. Pavlov; Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan; Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; and Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township.

Sen. Pavlov appointed to Talent Investment Board

LANSING–Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Sen. Phil Pavlov to the newly created Talent Investment Board, the next step in the governor’s economic reinvention plan for Michigan.

The board, housed within the Workforce Development Agency in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has been established to focus on job creation and developing and connecting Michigan’s talent.

“The Talent Investment Board is composed of gifted people in their respective professions who will bring unique perspectives for developing job talent in Michigan,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I’m honored the governor has selected me to serve in this capacity.”

The 47-member board, made up of members from both the public and private sectors, replaces and streamlines the former Council for Labor and Economic Growth, which had 71 members. Pavlov was appointed to serve as one of four members representing the Legislature.

The board is charged with advising and assisting the governor regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development. The governor, legislative representatives and department directors serve for their respective terms. All other appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor.

“One of the ways we will reinvent Michigan is to create an environment of job growth and talent development,” Snyder said. “I am confident these individuals will use their diverse backgrounds and expertise to help meet these key goals.”