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.