Legislative and Policy News
Find the most current federal and state legislation
The Michigan Reading Association is committed to keeping its membership abreast of legislative issues that impact literacy within our state. If you attended the Council Leadership this past August, the documents shared during the Legislative Session can be found under this tab. Please feel free to share these documents with other literacy and educational leaders.
One document to pay close attention to is the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District contending “that decades of disinvestment in and deliberate indifference to Detroit schools on the part of the state officials charged with the oversight and administration of public education have denied them and other similarly situated school children access to the most basic building block of education: literacy”. This lawsuit was filed on September 13, 2016 and is one that is being followed nationwide. The International Literacy Association will be engaging state and local districts in future conversation as to the implications of this lawsuit. A Q&A brief regarding the lawsuit will be available shortly and posted on our website.
Also included are web links to follow how your elected officials vote on issues related to education. It is a useful tool to assist you in connecting with legislators that impact our work. You will also want to visit Michigan’s ESSA site to receive updates on the plan our state is developing to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. Input from the public is regularly sought so participate and make your voice heard.
Please visit the legislative section of the MRA website regularly as it continues to be updated. It’s important that you be active and be informed!
Yours in Literacy,
Grace B. Velchansky, PhD
MRA Legislative Chair
Elimination of Current State Standards Legislation Introduced on 2.9.17
Improving Education in Michigan
How Your Legislators Vote
Awards and Recognition
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Read the 1984 Michigan Reading Association Position Paper "Reading Redefined"
As a worldwide advocate for excellence in literacy instruction, the International Literacy Association actively participates in advancing thought leadership for the literacy profession and shaping sound public policy on education.