A draft bill prepared for Gov. Rick Snyder would fundamentally change K-12 education in Michigan, allowing students to choose school districts, make greater use of online learning and earn financial incentives of $2,500 per semester for completing high school early.
The proposed Michigan Public Education Finance Act would replace the School Aid Act of 1979, the law that governs education funding, and provide for learning at "any time, any place, any way and at any pace," said Richard McLellan, the Lansing attorney Snyder tapped to lead a rewrite of the law on how Michigan pays for education.
Snyder's advisers said the primary objective for overhauling the education funding law is to create "career-ready citizens," but educators who have waited for months to see the draft bill fear the worst: that the bill would destroy local control of schools, create a voucher system to benefit for-profit companies and worsen academic achievement.
The draft bill, expected to be introduced as part of Snyder's budget presentation in February, was made available to the Free Press on Friday.