Michigan Social Studies and Michigan Science Standards
The Michigan State Board of Education is proposing new standards for social studies and science. If you would like your voice heard on these standards, please review the standards at this link and then attend one of the following public forums or take the online surveys (links below). We have been in contact with the State Superintendent and he assured us that your comments will be considered. Please make your comments at these forums actionable by providing specific standard revisions or removals that you recommend along with the rationale for doing so. Michigan K-12 Standards Social Studies Social Studies Survey Michigan K-12 Science Standards Science Standards Survey
These new standards follow the implementation of common core standards for math and language arts.
The Public Forums on the new Social Studies Standards are being held across the state. These new standards follow on the heels of the adoption of Common Core standards regarding Math and Language Arts by the MI State Board of Education.
The General Agenda for Public Information Sessions will include:
- General Overview from the Michigan Department of Education about science and social studies standards
- Breakout sessions for specific science and social studies information
- Opportunities for questions and answers as well as feedback
The remaining Public Forum Sessions will be held as follows:
Gerald R. Ford Museum (Grand Rapids)
Battle Creek Math Science Center (Battle Creek)
Traverse Bay Area ISD and Math Science Center (Traverse City)
Genesee ISD and Math Science Center (Flint)
Michigan Historical Center and Library (Lansing)
5:00-8:00 pm Roads
Many of you are wondering why it is so difficult to pass legislation that would fix our roads. Simple answer...some people insist upon it being about much more than roads. According to Gongwer News Service, one of the sticking points in the most recent negotiations revolved around increasing the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax. "What does HICA have to do with roads" you say? HICA revenue goes to pay the state portion of Medicaid payments. OK...what does Medicaid have to do with roads?
The short answer is that some people in state government are relying upon a tax increase to backfill gaps in Medicaid funding with the same money that the House and Senate plans have already earmarked for roads. This problem becomes exacerbated in 2017 due to the passage of Medicaid Expansion (i.e. Section 2001 of HR 3590 otherwise known as Obamacare). In 2017, the Federal government will no longer provide 100% of the funding for the expanded Medicaid population.
So...if you are wondering why it is so difficult to fix our roads, look no further than Medicaid Expansion. The good news is that I have offered solutions to both Medicaid Expansion and our Roads that address the needs while protecting you from tax increases. See www.SenatorPatrickColbeck.com
for more information. Charitable Tax Credits
Legislation sponsored by Senators Colbeck, Schuitmaker and Hansen has been introduced in the Senate to restore tax credits for certain donations that were eliminated in 2011.
Senate Bills 461-464 would restore credits for charitable donations to libraries, colleges and universities, food banks and homeless shelters. Credits also would be reinstated for adoption expenses and automobile donations.
I believe that families and individuals know the most appropriate way to spend their money; they do not need the government's oversight. By restoring these credits we are putting more hard-earned money back into the hands of taxpayers and providing them with an incentive to reach out and help their neighbors in the manner in which they see fit.