Bob Kefgen's blog
The structure of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) may once again be an issue of debate in the Legislature. Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and Representative Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) have introduced legislation to amend the MMC with an eye toward making career and technical education more accessible to students.
The bills, SB 997 and HB 5451, would:
- Reduce the mandatory number of mathematics credits from 4 to 2 and remove the requirement that students complete Algebra II.
With the primary election on Tuesday, it was a slow week in Lansing – despite the budget. The House Education Committee debated the merits of provisional teacher certification and continuing education requirements. The Senate School Aid Subcommittee heard testimony on the feasibility and merit of adding more pupil count days.
In the wake of changes made to the state employee retirement system, several MASSP members have been inquiring about the fate of the still ongoing school employee three percent retirement contribution. The bottom line is that the case involving state employees’ retirement contributions is separate and apart from that for school employees.
On Wednesday, lawmakers took testimony on the feasibility of moving to more frequent student counts. Particularly in light of recent and ongoing changes to charter and cyber school laws, lawmakers are looking to get a more accurate picture of the numbers of students in a given district.
During the hearing, representatives from the MDE testified that more frequent counts are possible given the current state system. One official suggested that as many as eleven pupils counts per year could be conducted to correspond to the eleven state aid payments made to schools.
House Ed Committee members this past week heard testimony on five bills – meaning no votes were taken. Four of the bills heard would revise teacher certification requirements. The fifth is aimed at reforming the seat time waiver process. Those bills were:
- HB 4645 & 5013 – plans to eliminate provisional teaching certificates and continuing education requirements for teacher certification. Instead, under the bills, teachers would be granted a permanent teaching certificate with no requirement for continuing education in order to maintain it.