Sen. Zorn named to new education subcommittee on Michigan Merit Curriculum

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has been named to a new Senate subcommittee to review the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

The MMC was enacted by the state in 2006. Since that time, Michigan students have been required to obtain, as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, a minimum of 18 credits in eight specific subject areas. While school districts determine how to implement these requirements, the MMC allows flexibility to develop appropriate scheduling systems, curricula and courses to meet the individual needs and desires of each district.

“More than 10 years ago, Michigan adopted one of the nation’s most rigorous sets of high school graduation requirements — designed to set high goals for students and to help them reach those goals,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We owe it to all Michigan students to ensure that they have access to an education that gives them the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, obtain a well-paying job, and lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov recently announced the creation of the Education Subcommittee on Michigan Merit Curriculum.

“It’s appropriate to periodically review state education policy to meet the needs of Michigan’s students,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Senator Zorn will bring valuable, real-world experience and insight to the subcommittee as it reviews the Michigan Merit Curriculum and how it relates to career and technical education.”

Sen. Marty Knollenberg will serve as chairman of the new subcommittee.

“Education policy is a passion of mine. All of Michigan’s children have potential. It’s up to us as policymakers to make sure they have access to a curriculum that gives them, as individuals, the best opportunity to succeed,” said Knollenberg, R-Troy.

“I look forward to working on this top-to-bottom review of our state’s education curriculum,” Zorn said. “I will start this process with an open mind, yet I also recognize that education is not one-size-fits-all and that there is always room for improvement. While not enough of our children are going into the robust fields of applied sciences and math, the demand for skilled workers continues to grow in Michigan.

“My goal is to make sure that our curriculum encourages learning in challenging areas of study that are critical to our future and ensures that all students can pursue the path that best meets their needs and prepares them for success.”