State Lawmakers Committed To Passing Education Reforms By End Of The Year

Dec 4, 2012

Republican state lawmakers are not backing down from plans to pass major changes in education by the end of the year. 

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As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, that’s despite concerns from both sides of the aisle.

The measures seek to increase school choice and expand a state-run district for schools with low test scores.

Opponents say the legislation leaves communities no control over their schools. Among other things, they’re worried about a requirement that districts lease or sell school buildings to the state-run district. They say legislative leaders should hold off on the bills until next year.

House Education Committee Chair Lisa Lyons says there’s no reason the two sides can’t come together before then.

“I will continue to look into their concerns," she says. "We’ve been working with them closely on, especially the building issue and things like that.”

Lyons says schools, students, and parents need as much time as possible to prepare for any changes.