What’s left on Gov. Snyder’s education agenda?
We’re moving into the last months of the legislative session before policymakers take a summer break. There are still items left on Gov. Snyder’s education agenda and they could see action before legislators leave. Here’s what we could see happening:
- The Governor’s proposed budget boosts state spending on public education that would mean a $100 increase per-student funding. What schools will ultimately receive in funding will be determined soon as the Senate and the House finalize their budget proposals.
- Gov. Snyder wants year-round schools. HB 4982 passed the House Appropriations Committee establishing a pilot program that would give schools interested in such a calendar the opportunity to try out this schedule. How much money will be available to outfit schools is yet to be decided.
- What to do with financially and academically troubled schools still remains a challenge When the Legislature left on its break, there still weren’t enough votes to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). HB 5268, an alternative to putting low-achieving schools in the EAA, has been proposed.
- Science, technology, engineering and math education is a priority if we’re going to prepare students for jobs of the future.
- Gov. Snyder would like to see a statewide definition of truancy to drive programs and a curriculum that will provide students with the motivation to stay in school and graduate.