tom mcmillin http://michiganradio.org en State House approves funding for Common Core school standards http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-approves-funding-common-core-school-standards <p>The state House has voted to reinstate funding for the Common Core state school standards.</p><p>More than 40 other states have chosen to adopt the standards, which set yearly expectations for what students should learn at every grade level in math and language arts.</p><p>But earlier this year, Michigan lawmakers temporarily barred the state from spending money to implement Common Core. A legislative panel was formed to study the issue over the summer, and its chair, Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.) crafted a resolution based on more than 17 hours of public testimony.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:22:44 +0000 Jake Neher 14612 at http://michiganradio.org State House approves funding for Common Core school standards State Legislature could vote to reinstate Common Core funding soon http://michiganradio.org/post/state-legislature-could-vote-reinstate-common-core-funding-soon <p>State lawmakers have been debating the Common Core State Standards for months. The nationwide school standards lay out specific things that students should know after each grade level. The goal is to set expectations for students no matter where they live in the United States.</p><p>But opponents say Common Core would strip local control of school curriculum and could compromise the security of students’ personal information through data collection.</p><p>Now, the state House Education Committee is set to take up House Concurrent Resolution 11 Thursday morning.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:35:13 +0000 Jake Neher 14591 at http://michiganradio.org State Legislature could vote to reinstate Common Core funding soon Are Michigan state lawmakers smarter than third graders? A new bill might help us find out http://michiganradio.org/post/are-michigan-state-lawmakers-smarter-third-graders-new-bill-might-help-us-find-out <p>Michigan state lawmakers are about to be put to the test.</p><p>A bill in Lansing would require members of the state board of education, the state superintendent of education, the governor, senators, and representatives to take the standardized tests normally administered to students in the third, eighth, and eleventh grades. Their results would be published online.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:22:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14118 at http://michiganradio.org Are Michigan state lawmakers smarter than third graders? A new bill might help us find out Bill seeks to stop police from tracking someone via GPS without warrant http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-seeks-stop-police-tracking-someone-gps-without-warrant <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Some state lawmakers want to make it a felony for police officers to track people using GPS without a warrant.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The legislation in Lansing has bipartisan support.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Democratic state Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) is teaming up with Republican Representative Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) on the issue.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Irwin says it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment – which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Warrantless surveillance of where we are and what we’re doing, certainly in my mind falls underneath that definition,” Irwin said.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:14:28 +0000 Jake Neher 13730 at http://michiganradio.org Bill seeks to stop police from tracking someone via GPS without warrant The Common Core hearings have begun, but just what are these standards? http://michiganradio.org/post/common-core-hearings-have-begun-just-what-are-these-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, a state House panel in Lansing kicked off a series of hearings on </span><a href="http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-issues/page-edu-issues/col2-content/main-content-list/common-core-state-standards.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Common Core</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. You might have been hearing about the Common Core lately. It's a set of nationwide school standards put together by the National Governors Association and being debated around the nation.</span></p><p>State lawmakers recently passed a budget that bars the Michigan Department of Education from implementing the standards.</p><p>Supporters of the standards - including Governor Rick Snyder and State Superintendent Michael Flanagan - say Common Core is essential to making sure students in Michigan are ready for college and careers.</p><p>Opponents say the standards strip local control and were developed without transparency.</p><p>We sat down with Michigan School Board President John Austin, a supporter of Common Core, and State Representative Tom McMillin, an opponent of the standards.</p><p>But first, let's get a better understanding of just what these standards are.</p><p>Michelle Richard, Senior Consultant at Public Sector Consultants, specializing in education policy and research, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:41:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 13583 at http://michiganradio.org The Common Core hearings have begun, but just what are these standards? The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-lunatic-fringe-opposes-common-core <p>America always has had strange outliers on the margins of our politics, from half-secret movements like the Know-Nothings to the left-wing crazies of the late 1960s. My eighth grade teacher referred to those on the farther shores of our politics as the “lunatic fringe.”</p><p>In more recent times, most of the nuts have been right-wing nuts. When I was young they opposed putting fluoride in the water, seeing that as a Communist plot. Indeed, they saw Communist plots everywhere. The head of the John Birch Society wrote a book claiming that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was an active agent of the Communist conspiracy. Asked about this once in Hillsdale, William F. Buckley Jr., said Eisenhower wasn’t a commie, but a golfer.</p><p>Well, classic communism is gone. Nobody talks about fluoride any more. But we still have a conspiracy-haunted fringe, and in Michigan today their latest cause is fighting what are called the Common Core Curriculum learning standards.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:59:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13572 at http://michiganradio.org The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core In this morning's news: Common Core hearings, limits on public employee benefits, the Heritage Tower http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-common-core-hearings-limits-public-employee-benefits-heritage-tower <p><strong>Common Core hearings</strong></p><p>A state House panel began a<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/common-core-standards-debate"> series of hearings about the Common Core State Standards </a>yesterday. Republican Representative Tom McMillin says the standards take away local control and were developed and adopted without public input. Committee Chair Tim Kelly says the panel should make its recommendation on Common Core in September, Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Legislation to limit public employee benefits</strong></p><p>There’s legislation in Lansing that would allow local ballot drives to cap public employee benefits. Leon Drolet, head of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, says the ballot campaigns would act as a safeguard against cozy relationships between public employee unions and local elected officials who bargain with them. Unions say the bill is not necessary because local officials are already accountable to voters, Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Reviving Battle Creek's Heritage Tower</strong></p><p>Battle Creek city commissioners voted last night to create a special tax district in hopes of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-looks-use-special-tax-district-revitalize-downtown-landmark">reviving an iconic downtown building</a>. The Heritage Tower is an 82-year-old art deco building and the upper floors of the former bank building have been condemned. Ken Tsuchiyama, Battle Creek’s city manager, fears the building may have to be demolished unless the new owner can revitalize it.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:45:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13570 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Common Core hearings, limits on public employee benefits, the Heritage Tower Online searchable "checkbook" proposed for state universities http://michiganradio.org/post/online-searchable-checkbook-proposed-state-universities <p align="LEFT">A state House Republican says citizens should be able to see every expense for&nbsp;state universities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Representative Tom McMillin proposes a constitutional amendment that would require universities to list all their expenses. The items would be kept in an online searchable database.</p><p align="LEFT">Universities aren&#39;t lining up to support the idea.</p><p align="LEFT">Mike Boulus is head of the President&#39;s Council, a group that represents state universities in Michigan.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:45:06 +0000 Tracy Samilton 7203 at http://michiganradio.org Online searchable "checkbook" proposed for state universities Legislation to get tough on unions has labor crying foul http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-get-tough-unions-has-labor-crying-foul <p>A package of Republican bills in the state Legislature would boost penalties for public workers who go on strike. The legislation would also let employers sue striking workers who get in the way of their businesses, and make it more complicated for unions to get dues deducted from employee paychecks.</p><p>The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee opened hearings on the package today.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just to give clarity,&quot;&nbsp;said&nbsp;Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), who&nbsp;chairs the committee.&nbsp;&quot;Strikes that are illegal are really illegal. We&rsquo;ve seen people try to get to the gray areas and we&rsquo;re trying to reduce the gray and make it as black and white as we can.&rdquo;</p><p>Union leaders say it&rsquo;s been&nbsp;years since there&rsquo;s been any kind of public employee strike in Michigan, and they say the measures are really just meant to harass unions.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not enough to draw and quarter somebody; You also have to waterboard them and, besides that, shoot them&nbsp;through the heart,&quot;&nbsp;said&nbsp;Mary Ellen Gurwitz, an attorney with the Michigan AFL-CIO.&nbsp;</p><p>Hearings on the bills are expected to continue next week. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:31:21 +0000 Rick Pluta 5829 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation would block local protections for gays, lesbians http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-would-block-local-protections-gays-lesbians <p>Republican state Representative Tom McMillin has proposed a law that would forbid civil rights protections that are more expansive than Michigan&rsquo;s civil rights law.</p><p>The measure would apply to local governments, school districts and state agencies. Its aim is to block ordinances that offer legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Right now at least 18 Michigan communities have such laws on the books.</p><p>Critics say&nbsp;the measure appears to violate the rights of local governments to conduct their own affairs.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 19:37:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 4514 at http://michiganradio.org