Legislation to be named in honor of late state school superintendent
State Rep. Daire Rendon today announced her plan to help Michigan’s students by creating age-appropriate K-12 skilled trade learning programs has been signed into law.
Rendon’s measure tasks the state Department of Education to develop a skilled trade-oriented instruction framework for each grade level, starting with the 2019-2020 school year. Local school districts will work with area businesses to better develop the career education programs.
“This moves our education programs toward what is in demand today and into the future across Michigan,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “We’ve all heard about the growing need in skilled trades, and this law will take the next step to match the students, the local job creators and the increasing amount of career opportunities.”
Rendon’s bill was inspired by the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which had state K-12 education and employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future. The findings led to a bipartisan four-bill package, which also will:
- Provide continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend
time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers; and
- Permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.
“There are a significant amount of benefits to allow for students to develop their career skill interests, even before high school,” Rendon said. “Real-world instruction will help students in English, science and algebra, just as it can for specialized skills such as carpentry. Local school districts know what is in demand professionally for their communities, but most important is they know what works for their students.”
Also, Rendon’s House Bill 5139 – now Public Act 229 of 2018 – will be named the Superintendent Brian Whiston Career Pathways Law, in honor of the late state superintendent of schools who passed away in early May. Whiston championed the expansion of K-12 instruction in professional and skilled trades in Michigan’s schools.