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2018 House Bill 6314: Authorize “innovative” school districts
Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly R-Saginaw on September 5, 2018
To authorize rules for a type of school district to be styled as “public innovative districts,” which among other things would have to assign each student a mentor and award credits based on “competencies” rather than class hours. The schools could hold year-round classes, and House Bill 6315 would exempt them from the requirement to provide 1,094 hours of instruction over 180 school days. Essentially, the schools would be able to do more things without seeking specific permission ("waivers") from the state Department of Education.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Reform Committee on September 5, 2018
Reported in the House on November 29, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Adam Zemke D-Ann Arbor on December 4, 2018
To not permit the proposed schools to award credits for "private instruction".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2018
Received in the Senate on December 11, 2018
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on December 11, 2018