New laws expand students class choices

first_img Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,News Johnson, McBroom bills expand state curriculum for voc edState Rep. Joel Johnson delivers comments during the governor’s signing of his legislation that updates the Michigan Merit Curriculum to include more flexibility for career and vocational high school courses.Michigan high school students can have career and vocational technology course options more easily count toward graduation with the signing of Public Acts 208 and 209 today by Gov. Rick Snyder.State Reps. Joel Johnson of Clare and Ed McBroom of Vulcan have worked for more than three years to adjust the Michigan Merit Curriculum so school district can offer students more opportunities for education exploration and career training.McBroom’s House Bill 4465 allows math and other curriculum requirements to be satisfied by CTE courses that include the same lesson materials. Johnson sponsored House Bill 4466, now PA 209 of 2014, to ensure students and parents are informed about career and technical education options. The law also streamlines the personal curriculum development process.State Reps. Joel Johnson and Ed McBroom attended a June 25 ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder to see their legislation allowing schools to count certain career and vocational education courses toward graduation requirements be signed into law.“Career and vocational ed courses were a strong component of Michigan’s school systems for decades, but in recent times have been squeezed out because of limited time and resources in the school day,” Johnson said. “Our local educators and parents recognized the loss and disservice this does to students.  It’s important not only to have the CTE option available, but to also actively inform students and families of the opportunity.”Johnson’s legislation also allows high school graduation credit requirements to include vocational education course work, including using anatomy and agri-science courses for science requirements, while McBroom’s bill also promotes availability of foreign language courses prior to high school grades.“The state’s curriculum has been geared with course mandates for students pursuing college degrees, but that path isn’t practical for all children and their families,” said McBroom, sponsor of the new Public Act 208 of 2014. “For those students, they need an option that allows freedom for elective classes and job training skills that will be useful to their future growth, development and potential employment.”The bills were signed at the Dakota High School in Macomb, part of the Chippewa Valley School District’s career and technical education programs.Rep. Joel Johnson was joined at the bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder by his wife, Dawn Johnson; local educators Doug Pummell, Clare-Gladwin RESD Career Center director, Darren Kroczaleski, Arenac Eastern School District and Standish-Sterling Community School District superintendent, Mike Foster, Perry Public Schools superintendent; Ben Frederick, Johnson’s legislative director, and Aaron Bayliss, Johnson’s constituent relations director. 25Jun New laws expand students’ class choiceslast_img read more

Farrington announces road project in Utica

first_img Categories: Farrington News 02Jul Farrington announces road project in Utica An important road improvement project for Utica will begin soon thanks to additional funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature, announced state Rep. Jeff Farrington.Farrington, R-Utica, said the project makes necessary and needed repairs to Auburn Road from M-59 to the Utica city line.“Residents of our community reached out to me about the importance of prioritizing roads, and I have been working to ensure the project at Auburn Road becomes a reality,” Farrington said. “It is exciting to announce that Auburn Road will receive these necessary repairs and improve the commute for local families.”Farrington said many local residents reached out about fixing Auburn Road, and he fought hard to ensure that their voices were heard.In addition to the Auburn Road project, there are another five projects totaling nearly $4.5 million that repair or fix roads in Macomb County.“However, Michigan’s roads and bridges were neglected for too long, and we need to continue to work on a plan that will result in a long-lasting, permanent solution for Michigan’s roads,” Farrington said. “I will continue to meet with local residents to receive input so I can bring a plan that focuses on fairness, efficiency and quality back to Lansing.”For the fiscal year 2014 budget, the Michigan Legislature created a special fund using $230 million in existing state revenue, half of which was appropriated on Oct 1. with the rest now being appropriated.###last_img read more

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media is to take

first_imgMiddle East pay TV provider BeIN Media is to take legal action against its erstwhile content partner the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the latter agreed to air content already contracted to BeIN free-to-air in Saudi Arabia.The AFC said that it would stream matches featuring Saudi Arabian clubs in the AFC Asian Champions League for free into Saudi Arabia on the AFC’s own digital channels, which BeIN says is in breach of its multi-million dollar broadcast agreement with the sports organisation.BeIN accused the AFC of colluding with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) to unilaterally live-stream matches into Saudi Arabia geo-blocked on the AFC’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels.Saudi Arabia’s government forced Qatar-based BeIN out of the Kingdom a year and a half ago, following the collapse of relations between the two Gulf countries.BeIN Media Group condemned the AFC’s move, which it said undermined the exclusive rights agreement it had earlier struck for the region with the Qatar group.The broadcasters said it would immediately launch international legal proceedings against the AFC and would continue to broadcast all its rights, including all AFC tournaments and matches, on its channels across the MENA region.BeIN further accused the AFC of implicitly supporting the Saudi-sponsored pirate organisation BeoutQ, which has aired content contracted to BeIN illegally within Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region, and therefore of undermining the business model that sports rightsholders rely on. Every game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was broadcast illegally by BeoutQ.Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO, beIN Media Group, said: “The AFC’s decision to live-stream directly into Saudi Arabia on the AFC’s own digital platforms is a material breach of our multi-million dollar regional broadcast agreement and we will immediately be launching a major international dispute to recover damages and protect our position. The AFC’s decision is not only a self-harming commercial decision and a clear political play with Saudi Arabia, but most damagingly it will impact rights holders across sports and entertainment around the world. There is now no guaranteed protection of intellectual property in the region due to the AFC in effect endorsing Saudi Arabia’s theft of world sport and wholesale disregard for the international rule of law.”last_img read more