MMA is supporting legislation pending before the House Education Committee that will provide more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum so that high school students can carve their own path to gaining skills in demand in the global economy.
House Bills 4269 and 4270 provide students and families with greater flexibility to invest in subject areas they choose, which could include the skilled trades, computer science and coding, foreign language and visual, performing or applied arts. As part of a coalition of local and statewide business organizations, MMA submitted a joint letter to the House Education Committee urging support for this legislation.
MMA also supports HB 4282, which would allow a student enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program to substitute a 30-hour OSHA training course for the required ½ credit in physical education.
The committee is also considering HB 4271, which would modify the high school mathematics requirement, though MMA has not taken a position on this bill because it has not been determined what impact the change will have on student math achievement.
All four bills are expected to be voted on Tuesday, 5/7/19. For more information on this legislation and MMA’s broader talent initiates, contact Delaney McKinley, MMA senior director of government affairs and membership at 517-487-8530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.