Legislator reintroduces measure from previous term
State Rep. Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, has reintroduced a bill he sponsored during the 2017-2018 term that would provide 8th grade social studies students with entrepreneurship and free enterprise instruction.
Brann said he was inspired by his personal experience as a restaurant owner and by his upbringing in his father’s business.
“At 19 years old, I was lucky to learn lessons about entrepreneurship firsthand while working in my father’s business,” Brann said. “Not everyone has the opportunity to learn these lessons, but everyone does have the ability to succeed as an entrepreneur. I want each and every one of our kids across Michigan to know that, and to learn the lessons I was lucky enough to receive.”
Under Brann’s proposal, the Michigan Department of Education would develop or adopt one or more model programs for use in school districts and public school academies. The program must include all of the following instruction:
- Business vocabulary, including entrepreneurship, free enterprise, business finance, goods and services, and innovation;
- Entrepreneurs from Michigan and around the world;
- Action activities, including setting short-term and long-term goals;
- Business basics, including taxes for businesses and corporations, essential skills for business owners, and product and service-based business ideas; and
- Creating a student project-based business plan.
Aimed at educating and providing students with the tools to open their own business, Brann said this initiative will ultimately give kids an understanding of how job creation works with the economy.
“I’m very passionate about this plan,” Brann said. “If I can succeed as an entrepreneur, I believe anyone can, given the right tools, education and confidence in their abilities.”
House Bill 4826 was referred to the House Education Committee.