Sen. Marty Knollenberg
Sen. Marty Knollenberg

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Phil Pavlov on Thursday announced the creation of a new subcommittee to study the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). Pavlov named Sen. Marty Knollenberg as the new subcommittee’s chair.

Since 2006, the state of Michigan has required students to obtain, as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, a minimum of 18 credits in eight specific subject areas. While school districts determine how to implement these requirements, the MMC allows flexibility to develop appropriate scheduling systems, curricula and courses to meet the individual needs and desires of each district.

“It’s appropriate to periodically review state education policy to meet the needs of Michigan’s students,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I’m pleased to announce that Senator Knollenberg will head up the Education Subcommittee on Michigan Merit Curriculum to review the MMC and how it relates to career and technical education.”

Knollenberg said he is eager to begin working to improve our state’s education curriculum.

“Education policy is a passion of mine,” said Knollenberg, R-Troy. “All of Michigan’s children have potential. It’s up to us as policymakers to make sure they have access to a curriculum that gives them, as individuals, the best opportunity to succeed.

“I am approaching this review of the Michigan Merit Curriculum with an open mind and I look forward to the discussions with my colleagues.”