Monday, 19 November 2012

Michigan Public Education Finance Act has opened the doors to Online Learning in the K-12 level!

Michigan Public Education Finance Act will change the future of education in Michigan. The Act is proposing to introduce “Online Learning” in K-12 Education. The students will be allowed to not only allow students to choose school districts but also make greater use of online learning tools 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.

The proposed draft bill intends to bring about the following changes:

  • The bill proposes to remove district ownership of students, so that the students can be permitted to get all or part of their education from any public district in the state that accepts them. However the districts would have the final cal to decide whether they will participate in open enrollment or not.

  • The districts would have to allow the students to access online learning from across the state and the cost will be borne by the State. However districts that provide online course will receive public funding based on the performance.

  • It will provide allow students to join any district and will provide for per student funding. Each student can go for multi districts. However to comply with the Michigan Constitution, funding will not be given to students opting for private schools.

  • Provide a framework for funding based on performance, once the proper assessment and testing mechanisms are in place.

  • The bill proposes to give scholarships of $2,500 per semester, to a maximum of $10,000, to those students who will finish high school early.

  • The bill proposes to promote year-round schooling by going for a 180-day school year, spread over 12 months instead of 9, with a break of no more than 2 weeks.