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    Tag: SB619

    REMINDER- Action Alert: House Republicans Wavering on Critical School Choice Legislation?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 11:35:25 AM EST
    Tags: Schools, School Choice, SB619, Education Reform, Michigan, Senate, Legislature (all tags)

    While there is still a chance.

    Just wanted to give everyone an update on last week's URGENT ACTION ALERT asking you to contact potentially wavering Republican House members to encourage them to support parental choice in our kids' education.

    The issue is such a slam dunk for Michigan parents and students even the Detroit News jumped on the bandwagon  in yesterday's Sunday edition, opining that the "House Should Choose School Choice."

    Just two months ago, lawmakers faced lifting the cap on charter schools. They did, after a heated fight. Now, they are mulling whether to expand virtual charter schools. Legislators should not place the interests of the education establishment above families who desire this alternative.

    The Republicans who wavered longest on the previous bill are the same ones who are irresolute now. The 10 or so lawmakers are mostly in their first term and are looking toward re-election in November.

    Though they are getting pounded with calls and visits from school superintendents and teachers unions, they shouldn't allow their own political concerns to cloud their principles.

    Indeed, and Amen!

    Is it really that much to ask our self-described "conservative" lawmakers to put principle above self interest?  Probably.  So let's marry the two.  They're hearing from the Debbie Squires of the world.  They need to hear from you, too!

    The unofficial word out of Speaker Bolger's office is that a vote on Senate Bill 619 will come this week Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Please take a moment TODAY to contact your own state Representative and encourage him or her to vote YES on SB 619, to stand up to the MEA and to give hope and opportunities to every kid in Michigan.

    Last week's action alert identified about a dozen wobbly Republicans.  If you haven't reached out to them, please do that as well.  About half of the folks on that list have already heard your voice and plan to vote YES.  We need them all!

    Today you can give them a shout and tie their principles to their self interest.

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    Urgent Action Alert: House Republicans Wavering on Critical School Choice Legislation?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 05:01:52 PM EST
    Tags: Rep. Kevin Daley, Rep. Jeff Farrington, Rep. Frank Foster, Rep. Kurt Heise, Rep. Holly Hughes, Rep. Nancy Jenkins, Rep. Joel Johnson, Rep. Matt Lori, Rep. Peter MacGregor, Rep. Ed McBroom, Rep. Rick Olson, Rep. Peter Pettalia, Rep. Bruce Rendon, Rep. Bill Rogers, Rep. Sharon Tyler, Rep. Dale Zorn, Schools, School Choice, SB619, Education Reform, Michigan, Senate, Legislature (all tags)

    Parents across Michigan won a pretty big victory last year when the Republican majority in the state House and Senate successfully passed a package of legislation that expanded educational opportunities for Michigan kids.

    The various bills lifted the arbitrary cap on charter schools and empowered parents to pursue the education choices that work best for their kids.  As you probably know, two-thirds of the state's charter schools, most in urban districts like Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and - of course - Detroit, have waiting lists a mile long as parents demand more choices and better results for their children.

    Despite the major advances and the fact that lawmakers listened to parents late last year, 2012 is an election year and some members of the state House Republican majority are worried about raising the ire of the MEA and their teacher union cronies.

    Keep reading.  (below the fold)

    (17 comments, 600 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Breaking! Parents Don't Know Whats Best For Their Children!

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 02:54:51 PM EST
    Tags: Schools, School Choice, SB619, Education Reform, Michigan, Senate, Legislature (all tags)

    From the you gotta see-it-to-believe-it Dept.

    Dontcha LOVE professional bureaucrats?

    (6 comments) Comments >>

    Thursday Divertere - School Options

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 06:49:28 AM EST
    Tags: SB619, School Choice, Options, Virtual Schooling, Michigan (all tags)

    I have posted a few things about school choice in the past.  One of the "choices" that if allowed is more options in virtual schooling.

    Choice is good.  Imagine the possibilities.  Better control of your child's education, maximizing their potential by matching them with whatever works best.

    SB619 will open the door to more possibilities to those on waiting lists.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

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