Rep. Howrylak bill introduced to improve education for deaf students

Today, bi-partisan reforms were introduced in the state House and Senate to improve education outcomes for students who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing. “I am excited to introduce these landmark education reforms with my colleagues in the Legislative Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Issues Caucus,” said Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, who sponsors…

Rep. Inman touts support for school budget bill

State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement today regarding his decision to support the education funding portion of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget: “I am voting in favor of Senate Bill 801 because of the increased funding for K-12, community colleges, and higher education. “I have worked tirelessly as a member of…

Rep. Cole advocates for parental rights

Column by State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona The U.S. Department of Education and Justice recently released unsolicited joint guidance in an attempt to provide educators information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, are able to attend school in an environment free from discrimination. This release served as a threat to schools…

Rep. Runestad statement on emergency Detroit Public School funds vote

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan passage of House Bills 5296, which provides $48.7 million in supplemental funds to continue the education of Detroit Public School (DPS) students with financial oversight: “Supporting this funding for DPS was required to ensure the state complies with its constitutional obligations to…

Rep. Yonker supports legislation for comprehensive eye exams for students

The Michigan House Education Committee recently heard testimony in support of legislation to implement a comprehensive eye exam for students who are struggling in school. House Bills 5307, 5355 and 5356 will create a new requirement for schools to provide vision screenings to each student in grades K, 3, 6, and 8.  “If a child…

Rep. Jacobsen’s early warning bill heads to governor

State Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, recently sponsored legislation to ensure greater access to loan options for struggling school districts looking to improve their financial situation. The addition of Rep. Jacobsen’s House Bill 4331 played a significant role in the passage of the early warning bill package approved Tuesday by the Senate. “I am very excited…

Senate approves Rep. Hughes bill to provide college credit for military service

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, providing men and women who honorably and heroically served their nation in uniform with university credit for their military experience, has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously, 38-0. House Bill 4060 requires Michigan’s public universities to inform veterans who apply to attend the school that they could…