Photo Advisory: Sen. Pavlov welcomes guest to Capitol for State of the State

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, stands in the Senate chamber with Scheurer Hospital Director of Marketing and Communications Clark Ramsey (left). Ramsey joined Pavlov for Gov. Rick Snyder’s seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.

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Media Advisory: Sen. Phil Pavlov available for comments following 2017 State of the State address

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Sen. Phil Pavlov will be available for comments following the governor’s 2017 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Who:
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

What:
Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:
After the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Where:
By phone or in:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Brief:
Pavlov will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He also will be available by phone. Please call Pavlov at 810-531-9735 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Sen. Pavlov releases statement on bill to repeal ‘failing schools’ law

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, issued the following statement Tuesday:

“Tomorrow, on the first day of session, I will introduce a bill to repeal Section 1280c of the Revised School Code, better known as Michigan’s ‘failing schools’ law.

“While created with the best of intentions, this law and its execution have, unfortunately, been deeply flawed — a direct result of the federal government’s failed education policy. A year’s worth of committee hearings, meetings with state officials, and discussions with school leaders across Michigan has left me convinced that a complete overhaul is in order.

“In the six years this law has existed, it has produced more questions than answers and more controversy than solutions. The initial goal was laudable: improvement of the state’s worst academically performing schools. Yet the evidence raises serious doubts about whether that has been accomplished.

“Meanwhile, the process has been chaotic, namely for schools and students, but also for anyone in the public trying to follow along. Federal initiatives that prompted this law and dictated many of its details have changed significantly. State formulas to identify schools keep changing, tests used to inform those formulas have changed, and department decision-making is vague and subjective. Indeed, two different state departments have attempted to implement the law, with little to show for it. Most importantly, the outcomes for students are highly debatable.

“Still, something must be done. When a school chronically fails to educate children, the state does have a responsibility to step in. Academic failure must not be tolerated.

“With this bill, we launch a public conversation. How do we replace this law with something that actually incentivizes people — at both the state and local levels — to improve these schools for our kids? How should it work? What national examples can we consider?

“This is a momentous undertaking, and I welcome input from parents, school leaders and others — from Michigan and elsewhere — as we begin this important task.”