Students first, athletes second

As of late, the line has been blurred as to whether student athletes are students or employees of the college they attend. On Tuesday, the Michigan House took decisive action toward clearing up some of the confusion. Representatives gave their stamp of approval on a bill ensuring student athletes remain classified as students—not employees—which in turn prohibits them from joining…

#FF: What’s ahead for the Michigan Legislature

Welcome to this week’s edition of #FollowFriday. Instead of looking back at previous bills, this week we are looking ahead at what is still to come before the end of the 2014 legislative term. Three of the top issues that the House will be working on before the New Year are education, building better and more sustainable…

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Staying safe on All Hallows’ Eve

Jack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, endless amounts of candy—with Halloween upon us and a festive night of trick-or-treating in just a few days, it’s important to ensure you and the children in your life know how to stay safe this season. For a fun and safe night, review this handy “Safe Halloween” acronym from the Centers for Disease Control before heading…

Don’t worry, be ready

Are you ready for a power outage or fire? What about a flood, maybe even a tornado or two? Are you prepared to help those around you in case of a medical emergency?   No one wants to experience natural disasters or health scares, but it’s very important to prepare your family, home, colleagues and…

OK2Say hotline unveiled

The Michigan Legislature, along with Attorney General Bill Schuette, has worked hard over the last few years to make Michigan a safer place – cracking down on crimes that range from scrap metal theft to identity theft and even phone and utility scams targeting our elderly. House Republicans have also worked to make our kids…

#TBT: Back to school for a #BrighterFuture

Welcome to the latest edition of Throwback Thursday.  As Michigan children head back to school, we are taking a look at the work the House Education Committee has done to provide Michigan children the best possible education and Michigan teachers the tools they need to help these students. Education is often a hot-button issue in…

Gov. gives students “great opportunities” for brighter, more flexible future

Recently, Gov. Rick Snyder signed two bills into law — Public Acts 208 and 209 of 2014 — giving high school students more leeway in exploring vocational and skilled-trade programs through the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Students who previously were unable to pursue career options like car mechanics, nursing or home building due to curriculum restrictions are now…

Our future is our children

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, appointed as a non-partisan superintendent by the Michigan Board of Education, recently went on the record about education funding under Republican leadership. Flanagan said, “Debates aside about how much of an increase there is – there’s been improved funding the last couple years.” Since 2010, Republican leadership from the House, Senate and…

Investing in Education

Since 2010, Republican leadership from the House, Senate and governor has increased money spent on education in Michigan by more than a billion dollars. During the same time, federal aid for schools coming into Michigan for schools has decreased by over a quarter of a billion dollars. Even with a decrease in federal aid, the…

#FF: The right training, the right jobs

Reps. Peter Pettalia, Ed McBroom and Joel Johnson learn about skilled-trade and technical jobs that would benefit from House Bills 4465 and 4466. Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Today, we’re taking a look at a pair of bills that would allow for some added flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum. When a manufacturing company in…

Fresh perspectives on Michigan’s budget surplus

An ambitious group of middle school students from Walker Charter Academy set out to tackle one of the tough questions facing our state’s leaders: how should we invest the state budget surplus? Ensuring their voices were heard, Rep. Rob VerHeulen was recently invited to visit the classroom and hear their presentations. “The project [was] an…