Chris's picture

Dropout Bill Dropped . . . Again

Like clockwork, multiple pieces of legislation that would raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 have been introduced in the opening days of the 2009-'10 session, marking at least the eighth straight session for the measure.

A year after a Rep. Lamar LEMMONS Jr. (D-Detroit) bill moved out of the House Education Committee, Lemmons has introduced another one (HB 4132). And he's not alone. In fact, Rep. Doug GEISS (D-Taylor) beat Lemmons to the punch this year with HB 4030.

House Education Committee Chair Tim MELTON (D-Pontiac) said he's committed to moving the issue in his committee again in the coming months, even if it means amending the bill to simply requiring parental consent for 16-year-olds who drop out of school.

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Free Webinar from

We received this email notice from several people, so we're passing it on to our readers. Don't forget to sign up for the Math Summit, March 30, 2009 at the MSU Kellogg Center,

Ballard's picture

Eliminate 11th and 12th Grades

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction recently hosted a meeting that he calls, “Moving from the Model T.” He wants to take the delivery of education for Michigan’s children to a new place. He, or we, don’t know what that place is but it’s not where we are now. This started from a group of schools in Southeast Michigan putting on a full court press to have the state fund an adequacy study for the current system. According to the Superintendent, that would be a waste of time and resources because the way we’re delivering education now isn’t working.

So, we have met a few times to listen to different ideas. The most recent was from Dr. Mark Tucker from the National Center on Education and the Economy.

Ballard's picture

Oops... Pa 517 Is a Problem

Mid-January District's were sent a memo from the Treasury Department regarding a new requirement to earn MI Promise Scholarships. To see and and read the details which I'm talking about just do a site search - social studies. The memo and law will be before you.

Well, there was an oops. The Public Act also requires three credits in Social Studies to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Well, if a student "opted-up" in the personal curriculum they won't have three credits.

We've been in contact with Legislative Offices. They are aware of the problems. I'm confident a technical bill will be done to make the correction... in time.

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Merit Exam Retakes - Legislation

Act No. 349
Public Acts of 2008
Approved by the Governor
December 23, 2008
Filed with the Secretary of State
December 23, 2008
EFFECTIVE DATE: December 23, 2008

House Bills 6412 and 6413 (as passed by the House)
Sponsor: Representative Matthew Gillard
House Committee: Appropriations
Senate Committee: Appropriations

Date Completed: 12-8-08

House Bill 6412 would amend the Revised School Code to make it consistent with the State School Aid Act. The bill would: