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State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, welcomed Dr. Kari Selleck, Curriculum Director at Owosso Public Schools, to testify before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee in Lansing earlier this week. Dr. Selleck spoke in support of merit curriculum legislation that would increase class choice for high school students. The bill package was approved by the committee after her testimony. Rep. Frederick is the chair of the committee.

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today voted on the House floor in support of merit curriculum legislation that will give high school students more education choices and help better connect with 21st century jobs.

“The message from parents and many educators has been clear; we need to give students the opportunity to explore the fields that align with their educational interests,” said Frederick, who co-sponsored all four bills. “We’ve got employers looking right now for young professionals proficient in skilled trades, computer coding and other in-demand specializations, but not enough people are available to fill the positions despite many high schools and ISDs having training programs. Some of this problem can be addressed thorough increased flexibility in class choices and schedule options at the local level to allow students to pursue several different pathways.”

The four bills in the package will:

  • ·Allow students to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.
  • Allow for one of two required foreign language credits to be achieved through a CTE course, computer coding or certain visual/performing arts courses. This is current law, but legislation would remove the 2021 expiration date.
  • Allow the completion of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program within a CTE program to fulfill a health education requirement.
  • Allow a Statistics course to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.

House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the Senate for its consideration.
OWOSSO SCHOOLS' DR. SELLECK TESTIFIES ON MERIT CURRICULUM LEGISLATION
House Bills 4315-4318 Advance to Senate for Consideration
Posted by Owosso Now at 11:32pm 3/30/17
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