State House set to create new education commission with sweeping powers

Dec 7, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan House has voted to create a group separate from the State Board of Education to oversee public schools. 

It could determine which schools are shut down, how much money they receive, and how many hours students would be instructed.

Republicans, including Governor Rick Snyder, would have the power to appoint the vast majority of the 13 members.

Brian Gutman is Communications Director for Education Trust-Midwest, an education policy non-profit. He says the Legislature should not make major decisions on education during the lame duck period.

“The will of Michiganders is clear. They think these education boards and commissions should be filled by Governor Whitmer and Legislative leadership once they take office next month,” he says.

The bills now go to the state Senate.