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Rep. Lyons welcomes Lowell farmer to testify before House Education Committee
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Rep. Lyons welcomes Lowell farmer to testify before House Education Committee

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons welcomed a local resident to Lansing to speak at a hearing of the House Education Committee.  Renee McCauley, of Tumbleweed Holsteins in Lowell, provided testimony on the Michigan Merit Curriculum's graduation requirements and their effect on students who aren't necessarily preparing for college, but for a vocational occupation.

Lyons says the education committee has been taking testimony on the broader issues before addressing specific bills.
           
"I appreciate Renee coming to Lansing to share her thoughts on the impact current graduation requirements have on area students," said Lyons, chair of the House Education Committee.  "Her comments on her experience as a farmer and how agri-science education has prepared her for her career were well received by members of the committee, and her opinion will prove valuable as we consider flexibility in our state's curriculum to prepare tomorrow's workforce."

House Bills 5451, 5456, 5534 and 5465 include proposals that will:

  • Eliminate the credit requirements for foreign language;
  • Revise the math requirements from four credits to two credits requiring Algebra I and geometry;
  • Revise the social studies requirements from three credits to two credits requiring United States history and civics;
  • Provide schools with the tools to implement the new evaluation program to ensure the best teachers remain in the classroom.
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