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We're Off - SB 698 (CTE)

July 16, 09 - Senate Bill 698 showed its face. This was the result of four months of work with the Governor's office. During all this time we were being battered around by different groups advocating for career pathways, two tracks, one diploma vs. two diplomas, you're either with us or you're our enemy and we will do what every we can to discredit you, and "lowering standards."

SB 698 is intended to clarify. It was pointed out to me that several in the CTE community believed to participate in a CTE program that doesn't meet every Algebra II standard required the student to go through the personal curriculum process. We wanted language that made it very clear that this was not intended in the legislation.

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Now How

On Monday, July 13th, MASSP was pleased to have been included in a research project by Achieve and Education Trust. These two major players in national educational standards were visiting Michigan to interview different players regarding the obstacles to the implementation of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Joining them was Sir Michael Barber, founder and former head of Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit in the UK.

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CTE Bill Introduced

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Dillon Calls for Single Public Sector Health Care Program

As all levels of government feel the pinch of fewer revenues, all could benefit from cutting costs under a single, statewide public sector health care program, House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.) said Wednesday in announcing his proposal.

Mr. Dillon said annual savings of up to $900 million could be reached if every public sector employee and retiree, possibly including universities, were to be covered under a single program.

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Merit Scores Show Slight Improvement; Students Still Not Ready For College

While students are making some progress on the Michigan Merit Exam in math, social studies and writing, with the same or worse scores in other subject areas, still fewer than half of students are proficient in writing and math and, overall, scores don't reflect college readiness, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan said on Tuesday.

Writing and math scores each improved by three points this year, with 44 percent of 11th grade students scoring proficient or advanced in 2009 compared to 41 percent in 2008 and 49 percent receiving those marks in math this year compared to 46 percent last year, according to test results released by the Department of Education.