The Michigan Senate has approved bills that would provide alternative paths to teacher certification, allow the expansion of charter schools, and give the state schools chief more power over failing schools.
The measures, which passed last week in the Republican-led Senate, now go to the Democratic-controlled state House. They are part of efforts to give Michigan a chance at winning up to $400 million in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition.
Bills related to failing schools and expanding charter schools passed by votes of 23-13, with some Democrats joining most Republicans in support. Other bills in the package passed without opposition.
A version of this article appeared in the December 09, 2009 edition of Education Week as Mich. Senate OKs Bill Designed To Boost Chances for ‘Race to Top’