Miller authors new law to expand education options to border school districts

first_img06Feb Miller authors new law to expand education options to border school districts Categories: Miller News,News Students of school districts along state borders will have more dual enrollment education options after Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation by state Rep. Aaron Miller into law.“Our expectations for a quality education should extend beyond our physical borders for the good of the state’s future,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “While Michigan has developed great cooperation for dual enrollment opportunities, there are parts of our state where the closest dual programs in state are still quite a distance away when you consider a high school schedule.”The new law amends the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act with the stipulation that the out-of-state post-secondary education and dual enrollment school must be within 20 miles of the shared border for students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district.Miller thanked Brent Holcomb, superintendent of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cass County, and Stephen McNew, superintendent of the Monroe County Intermediate School District, who joined him for House and Senate committee testimony. The superintendents illustrated the limitations of previous law, while sharing how their districts could benefit from a co-operative agreement.“We have to do what’s best for all of our state’s students, not just the ones with the next school district 10 minutes away,” Miller said. “Michigan’s post-high school programs have students from neighboring states crossing the border to come to us, we should not use an unseen line to limit our students’ successes.”House Bill 4735 is now Public Act 11.#####last_img