Hi, I'm Michelle
I became a special needs advocate when one of my children needed Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services as a toddler. The assessment revealed the need was based on a speech and language delay in which my child was immediately enrolled through my local public school district to receive services. This defining moment catapulted my advocacy into special education. During this journey I have had the privilage to meet some of the most wonderful special education teachers, general education teachers, and cross over teachers that any parent could ever ask for.
As my children grew and advanced in their academics, I have had a front row seat to the decline of the academic quality taught in Michigan's public schools over the last 18 years.
One of my concerns is the amount of testing our children endure. They are subjected to more hours of absurd testing than licensed professionals with advanced degrees. Some of the tests our children are taking are the MSTEP, ACT, SAT, ACT Explore, ACT Workkeys, ect.
A second concern, is the adoption of the Common Core State Standards which has reduced grade level reading from 75% to 44%!
Finally, with the adoption of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) "social studies" Standards, this is nothing short of progressive ideology being preached today from the bully pulpit of the classroom onto a captive audience. C3 teaches progressive activism with little historical context.
I became an advocate to reinstate classical education in Michigan in order to improve educational outcomes for ALL Michigan's public school children with the firm belief that children should be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think.
According to NAEP, the nation's report card, Michigan's 4th graders have not ranked proficient in reading, mathematics, and science since at least 1992.
Michigan was ranked dead last out of all 50 states in special education receiving a "needs intervention" by the U.S. Department of Education in 2017. Some improvements were made regarding compliance and results outcomes which increased the rating from 59.17% in 2017 to 65.28% in 2019. However, 65.28% is still failing our most vulnerable students.
The educational malfeasance our children have been enduring for years is why I was prompted to seek the Republican nomination for State Board of Education. I strongly believe I can make a difference based on my years of experience, knowledge, and know-how with the issues Michigan public school parents and their children face today.