State Legislature votes for Rep. Alexander plan to help teachers

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Legislation part of bipartisan package focused on career development

The state Legislature on Tuesday approved state Rep. Julie Alexander’s bill to provide teachers with more professional development opportunities by engaging with area employers and post-secondary training centers.

“Each teacher’s professional development can be a key element of education in the classroom, especially when it has real and tangible applications,” said Alexander, a former teacher in Jackson County. “When educators are informed on career opportunities available in their community and throughout Michigan, that information can be used so students, families and job creators become more successful as well.”

Alexander’s legislation, which will be effective for the 2019-2020 school year, is part of bipartisan four-bill package to expand skilled trade and career education for students in local school districts. The other bills:

  • Create a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests; and
  • Permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.

“Teachers work hard to improve educational outcomes for each of their students and this legislation will help toward that goal,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “This plan works to increase student success, helps to set attainable education and career goals, and also grow economic development within our community and state.”

House Bill 5145 advances to the governor for review.