Legislation recently introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and supported by Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) would allow greater opportunity for students to participate in career and technical education programs (CTE) like agriscience.
Senate Bill 171 proposes continuing the foreign language flex credit available to students and make it permanent by removing the expiration (sunset) originally included in the law. It also removes reporting functions pertaining to the flex credit.
“In 2014 our county Farm Bureau members advocated for Michigan Merit Curriculum flexibility,” said MFB Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park. “Without amending the law to remove the sunset, the benefit for CTE students will end for students graduating in 2024.”
“This legislation is necessary to continue increasing awareness of the desirable, well-paying careers within the agriculture, food and natural resources industries—which directly impacts the well-being of the state’s economy.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports there are approximately 57,000 job openings each year in agriculture, food and natural resources careers with only 61 percent of the openings expected to be filled.
Senate Bill 171 awaits consideration by the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee consisting of Senators Lana Theis (R-Brighton), Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo), Jim Runestad (R-White Lake Twp), Kevin Daley (R-Lum), Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor).