Cyberschool, education reform bills advance to governor’s desk

Lansing, Mich.—In a huge win for parents and students across Michigan, bills to expand online learning, dual enrollment and other innovative education options advanced to the governor Wednesday to be signed into law.

The measures open the door for those waiting in line to choose a quality education that works best for them.

“For too long, forces in the education community have stood in the way of meaningful reform in order to protect the status quo,” said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.  “Students learn in the field, in the classroom, and at the touch of a screen. Cyberschools and online learning can transform Michigan’s public education system into a 21st century learning model. Collectively, these reforms give our children the tools necessary to compete in the global economy.”

Senate Bill 619, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, makes way for the expansion of state cyberschools and a more flexible education system focused on personal student growth and achievement.

Other bills in the package give Michigan high school students the ability to graduate with college credits completed and provide broader course options that fit student needs.

This second wave of parent empowerment bills also creates competition and drives improvement. School districts who provide more services to non-public students will receive additional revenue.

The Parent Empowerment Education Reform package is widely supported by those who advocate putting students ahead of special interests. The bills now await the governor’s signature.