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Rep. Johnsen speaks out against Democrats aiming to hide poor school performance
RELEASE|March 22, 2023
Contact: Gina Johnsen

State Rep. Gina Johnsen today raised concerns about a measure House Democrats are pursuing that will result in less clarity for Michigan parents who care about the quality of their local schools.

Johnsen expressed her opposition to House Bill 4166, which eliminates the A-F school grading system currently in place to measure the education-based achievements of Michigan schools, in a speech on the House floor.

“Using a grading scale to assess a school’s performance is vital to keep the general public informed about said performance at a time when kids are still struggling in school following the pandemic,” Johnsen said during her speech. “This bill, however, removes the tools we use to keep schools transparent and ensure we are doing right by our kids.”

Johnsen said many of Michigan’s schools are failing and repealing the letter-grade system without establishing a replacement will simply mask crucial information from parents and the community rather than solve the problem at hand.

In the 2021-22 school year, 704 schools in Michigan received a ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade in proficiency, a category based on the number of their students who score proficiently on the state math and English/Language Arts assessments.

House Bill 4166 was approved by the Democrat majority. It now advances to the Michigan Senate for further consideration.

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