January 19, 2020

Rep Frederick supports choice for high school students

first_img Categories: Frederick News,News State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today voted on the House floor in support of merit curriculum legislation that will give high school students more education choices and help better connect with 21st century jobs.The legislation was approved Tuesday by the House Workforce and Talent Committee, which Frederick chairs.  Testifiers in support included Dr. Kari Selleck, curriculum director at Owosso Public Schools.“The message from parents and many educators has been clear; we need to give students the opportunity to explore the fields that align with their educational interests,” said Frederick, who co-sponsored all four bills. “We’ve got employers looking right now for young professionals proficient in skilled trades, computer coding and other in-demand specializations, but not enough people are available to fill the positions despite many high schools and ISDs having training programs.  Some of this problem can be addressed thorough increased flexibility in class choices and schedule options at the local level to allow students to pursue several different pathways.”The four bills in the package will:Allow students to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.Allow for one of two required foreign language credits to be achieved through a CTE course, computer coding or certain visual/performing arts courses. This is current law, but legislation would remove the 2021 expiration date.Allow the completion of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program within a CTE program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow a Statistics course to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the Senate for its consideration.##### 30Mar Rep. Frederick supports choice for high school studentslast_img

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