MCU is Committed to Conservative Governance, nothing less.
We are making progress! Thank you for what you do!
At MiCPAC we will meet several of those in the conservative grass roots who
have won campaigns and are making impacts in conservative governance.
This year there are municipal (non-partisan) elections. It offers opportunities
for conservatives to serve in traditionally Democrat areas. Should YOU run?  
 These and more Details in the Newsletter.
 
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 In This Issue: Religions under attack; Gorsuch confirmed, sworn in; Education - what works? What are the problems? It's a "collective." Doubling down and throwing more money at a failed system won't work. MiCPAC preparation: education, property rights, HealthCare; assault on religion. How people we backed got elected and what difference they are making;   
   Your support, readership and sharing is making a difference and is much appreciated. We change public policies by changing pubic opinions. Perhaps we have been given a reprieve to restore God and His principles to out great land. We are pleased to work hard to equip you with a digest of key news, and information to share. The work is not done. Please help! Pass this newsletter on to another or copy and share an article. If there is a way you can make it, please join us at MiCPAC as we strategize, network and prepare to win conservative governance.
Godspeed! Let's make 2017 Great as we make America Great Again.   Link


Please forward to associates wanting lower taxes and less government!
If you want to option out please open the newsletter and scroll to the link on the bottom.
 
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

 "if we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people,  under 
the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."   Thomas Jefferson   

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit is, there is Liberty"  1Cor.3:17
 
"It costs more for government today than a family pays for food, shelter and clothing combined."
Ronald Reagan

April 10, 2017
Holy Week; Passover
Fifty-one years ago today, on the morning of 10 April 1963, USS THRESHER (SSN-593), less than 
2 years old and the lead boat in a new class of nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarines, began deep-diving tests about 200 miles to the east of Cape Cod, MA. The submarine-rescue ship USS SKYLARK (ASR-20) stood by overhead. At 0903 SKYLARK received a garbled transmission over the underwater telephone: THRESHER reported "Experiencing minor difficulties. ...Have positive up angle...attempting to blow." But THRESHER and the 129 men she carried-including 17 civilians-never returned to the surface. Link  (Thanks, Ron)
 
On April 9th 1865 - Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to
Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, effectively ending the war. Five days later on Good Friday President Abraham Lincoln was shot, dying the next morning. (thanks, Mike)

Outrage is not a strategy. MiCPAC is!  Let's take our governments back!
Less than three weeks to MiCPAC. Why does a two or three hour Lincoln Republican tribute dinner with a repeat speaker or two cost more than a whole day with two meals including a gourmet lunch, and more than a dozen great speakers? Because we are conservatives! We expect more for less and we practice what we preach.
$60 or $65 GOP or $ 50 Conservative - and help fight those Republican tax increases!

Conservatives Are Invited to learn, strategize and network at
MiCPAC 2017

The Agenda Includes:
Ethics, Theological and philosophical reasons for good government with Dr. Lee Edwards,
and Prof. William Wagner
local officials making a huge difference! 
L egislators Gary Glenn, Jim Runestad and Steve Johnson - winning elections by hard work and
grassroots support,
Health Care Options
With Dr. Megan Edison & Sen. Patrick Colbeck
Attack on Christianity Human Trafficking, Sharia,
Richard Thompson, Esq.  
and LtC. David Agema
 Regaining Rights
Agenda 2030; TOST, Wind Farms - Regulations Amok
  John Anthony, Lori Green
Author signings!
MiCPAC 2017Holt, MI.
VIP Reception 4/28/2017 networking with key speakers and Michigan conservative leadership, supporting and enabling the grass roots!
Conference 4/29/2017 with major speakers, elected officials and group leaders from across the state. 
Sponsorships, Program advertising and tables available; email micpac.hughes@gmail.com    (subject to approval)
Who should attend? 
  • Conservatives who care about their communities, schools, state and country... looking for inspiration, strategy and tactics to run & govern local and statewide
  • Home schools; advocates for school choice; Stop Common Core
  • Legislators and Community leaders... seeking solutions to government over-reach, regulations and tax increases
  • Conservative students... seeking to influence their peers and decrease problems they will inherit from public debt
  • Prospective candidates for elected office seeking conservative answers, connections and messaging
  • Group leaders... wanting to expand attendance and ignite passion among members
  • Grass roots activists who want to be more effective
  • Precinct delegates who think politics is about policies
Limited sponsorships plus youth intern and scholarship opportunities available. email micpac.hughes@gmail.com

The Faculty and Some of those involved: LtC (ret.) David Agema; Jerry Allen, Esq.; John Anthony; Christine Barnes; Kerry Bentivolio; Prof. Kimberly Buffenn; Michael Carluccio; Sen. Patrick Colbeck; Rev. Larry Correll; LtC (ret.) Nicholas Cherasaro; John Daniele; Mayor Janice Daniels; David Dudenhoefer' Dr. Meg Edison; Historian and Author Dr. Lee Edwards, Dr. Daryl L. Franzel; Rep. Gary Glenn; Lori Green; Dr. Jim Hines;  Hon. Norman R. Hughes; Marcy Jankovich; Rep. Steve Johnson; Melanie Kurdys; Jason Gillman; Author Pricilla Miller; Tom Norton; Darius Reynnet; Treasurer Larry Rocca; Rep. Jim Runestad; Mary Sears; Tony Sharkey; Nikki Snyder; Dr. Rob Steele; Richard Thompson, Esq.; Prof. William Wagner, Esq.; Linda Wildern; Rev. Dr. Richard Zeile;

THIS WEEK WE
 FEATURE THE EDUCATION SESSION AT MICPAC

Public Education - Failing!
What makes for great education? Why do states like Tennessee do so much better with so much less money?
Michigan's Governor is doubling down on admitted failure!
The solution is NOT more money. Michigan has tens of thousands fewer students but has still blown up the Public education budget - now about 35% of state expenditures.
But there has been a REDUCTION in quality results!  
Learn the Facts!
Change Minds!
 
MCU's Education Task Force will report Tenets of Great Education. MiCPAC will hear from state school board members,
will review the return on investment and problems in education, and will explore alternatives.
Let Parents decide! 
Professor Kimberly Buffenn, MCU spokesperson and on Task Forces for Education and Property Rights
 
Dr. Rev. Richard Zeile, MCU Member
Co-President Michigan State School Board.
National Association of School Boards officer
Melanie Kurdys, MCU member, leader of Stop Common Core in Michigan, co-chaired 3rd and 4th Michigan ETF

Nikki Snyder, Nurse, educator. Mother of 3, Elected last November to State Board of Education; advocate for children, special needs and health
Above are the faculty for the MiCPAC session on Education, plus MCU Chair Norman Hughes  

MCU has been at the forefront of education issues and MiCPAC will again weigh in with analysis, debate, and solutions.  The 4th phase of our Education Task Force will report. What is the right government responsibility for education? Who should have primary responsibility, and primary control? Who should set standards, or should they be set, and how do we measure progress?
   We spend billions of dollars each year on public education. Nationally about $15,171 a student, up 26% in five years, but USA ranks 34th in quality. Michigan spends about $14,000 a year per public school system, but we rank 41st in quality in this Nation that ranks merely 34th. Michigan spends much more than  Tennessee,  Indiana, and Florida. Tennessee ranks 2nd in quality but 49th in cost, at $ 8,765.   The next generation needs the same opportunities we had.  
   Why can't Michigan compete despite throwing more and more money each year at fewer and fewer students? Because a collective" never works! The current union controlled system protects the lazy and lousy as it holds down the brightest and best. The system is stacked against quality and accountability! When control comes from Washington D.C. and Lansing they impose cookie-cutter systems that teach their values, not the values of parents and the community.
  Should we support H.R.899 - To terminate the U.S. Department of Education?
Deceit, Intolerance and hate caught on camera in noted Muslim school Video
American school children being taught bowing and kneeling to Allah: Video
  The Governor's 21st century education panel of establishment educators and special interests has doubled down, demanding even more money, lifetime education from before birth (telling mothers what to eat) until death - at taxpayers expense. He seeks to replace Michigan's elected state board with one the Governor would appoint. We reject this approach.
   Amidst growing concerns from parents and teachers surrounding the Common Core State Standards and the Federal government's control of classroom curriculum, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) has prepared a Student Privacy Protection Request form for use by parents who wish to protect their children by opting-out of Common Core aligned curricula, data mining and the release of information concerning their children's personal beliefs. Thomas More Law Center Chief Counsel Richard Thompson will also be with us.
IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SCHOOL POLICIES, BE AT MICPAC

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Wishing you a great Holy Week!
As Judeo-Christian believers are under attack.
It is amazing how the MSM has kept this out of the news!  Link
Christians celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday. This week we will celebrate Maundy Thursday where the Lord's Last Supper was instituted. Good Friday remembers the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and Easter Sunday His Resurrection. 
Jewish Passover festival is starting tonight at sundown and
Jews will be preparing to host Seders to mark the occasion.
  Religion is a very personal matter, but we perceive that those who believe are
different citizens, as they must answer to a higher authority. That fact changes people. 
You can be moral without a religion, but unknowingly perhaps, those mores are based on typically based upon faith values.         




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MCU's Southeast Michigan Chapter meets in Troy tomorrow night, April 11, 2017 @ 7PM
American-Polish Cultural Center
2975 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083
The Agenda will include presentations from Sen. Patrick Colbeck on Healthcare, and
John Anthony of Sustainable Freedom Lab on freedoms being taken from us through regulations. Neighborhoods broken up by HUD, mud puddles controlled by EPA. TOST regulations in 10 Michigan counties put a lien on your property and makes you jump through government hoops (sometimes at great expense) before you  can sell your property. Misuse of "eminent domain", wind farm disaster.  Some of the program might be by Skype.  

Optional: Come early and have dinner

with friends and leadership!
 


We don't particularly like this government creep -
growing and taxing more each year!
I am going to call my Lobbyist immediately!
Oops, I don't have a Lobbyist!
We the people do not have a seat at the table!
Career Politicians are not carrying water for me, they are carrying water for the hospital lobby, big pharma, big banks, perverts who demand perverts be allowed to use
girl's locker rooms, anti-second amendment Lobbyists and anti-Christians.
Where do Veterans, Christians, traditional marriage and pro Second Amendment
citizens fit into the plan? When will we join the other states that didn't fall for the
Obamacare Scam? When will our residents be allowed to STAND OUR GROUND
when confronted by robbers, rapists and murderers?
If you have the fortitude to represent the Citizens and your integrity is not for sale,
I am begging you to get your name on the ballot next year.
I'm tired of our position at the bottom in perpetuity. I'm tired of Bill after Bill being
passed in the Legislature with 100% of the Democrats and a few Republican lap dogs.
Will politicians buy your vote with their GIF pork dollars?
Is your vote for sale? (Adapted from a Gene McVay post)
Michigan Conservative Union needs more help in representing us!

 
Fraud IRS scam call - to Sheriff's office! Burnt!  Video {thaNks Tom)

 This 86-Year-old man cut a big rock using a millennial technique.
This method shows that there is no need to believe in "Aliens"
just because you don't believe in human intelligence. - Video (Thanks Jacob)

Rocks as weapons at the Mexican Border - Video

An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump's policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week - Article  (Thanks Sarah)

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National and International Brief
A synopsis of some of the most significant happenings effecting our freedoms!
 
++ The Trump Administration reports 298,000 new jobs in first month!

++ President Trump and King Abdullah II Press Conference - Link
  
++ Justice Gorsuch was confirmed Friday 54-45 - Liberals Decry 'Stolen Seat' as Gorsuch Officially Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice Article (Thanks, Frank)
++ President Donald Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria in response to the Syrian government's chemical weapons attack this week that killed more than 80 civilians.
    "Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched," Trump said in remarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. "It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons." More  (Thanks, Colleen)

++ Tomahawk missiles: Explaining the weapons the US used to strike Syria - Link
The United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two ships in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, targeting an air base in Syria following a chemical attack allegedly ordered by Syrian President Bashar Assad that struck civilians in rebel-held areas of his country.
 
++ The Russians claim the attacks had very little damage and were not effective - Video (Thanks, Amy and Larry)

Comment: Social Media is abuzz today as hate Trump folks are coming unglued and different segments of the conservative movement are expressing sentiments from no involvement to invade. There are new sheriffs at WH, State and DOD. Don't assume the same weaknesses and arcane policies of the past. None of us have the intelligence briefings and information on this so we are all guessing. Every time the MSM has slammed Trump on statements he knows more about, they get egg on their faces. He knows stuff we don't. If Trump says Assad was involved, as much as we may appreciate Assad's (few) good qualities, who are we to second guess? This was likely a surgical strike to send a message and indicate a new policy. It was likely not the beginning of a war or a major military offensive. Trump campaigned on making the USA safe again, strengthening the military, and on very restrained military engagements. Using the missiles he did in the way they were used was a brilliant display of technology and limited strategic engagement. We don't think Trump wants war any more than Dennis Marburger or any of the rest of us do. Reagan had very few military engagements and showed that peace through strength in the best policy. It is likely that is well. Do we give him rope or throw it over a tree with a noose? We have lots of compatriots with differing views on this. We suggest you "keep the powder dry" and let this President show us.

Question: Did diplomacy come from the barrel of a gun during the cold war with Russia having 30, 000 nukes pointed at us? (Thanks, Dave)
Response: Having a president who rebuilt the military and intelligence and was not misunderstood in his resolve to make America and the World more secure brought about diplomacy that broke the USSR and freed millions of people across Europe and Asia while bringing relative peace to the USA. Yes, having a bigger gun and a Strategic Defense Initiative broke the economy and the back of the USSR. How many fewer nukes are pointed at us now? And how many fewer do we have pointed at others? Learn from History or be doomed to repeat it.

++ Optimism at records in Manufacturing - The National Association of Manufacturers has surveyed its 14,000 members quarterly for years. In January optimism was at 56%. The last survey - the first during the Trump Administration 93% of manufacturers are optimistic for their companies and futures.  Video Link   President Trump signs Executive Order ending abuse and leveling trading. Video Announcement
 
++ The Trump administration's war against the House Freedom Caucus stepped up a notch Saturday with a senior aide calling for a primary challenge to Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.
   "[Donald Trump] is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. [Justin Amash] is a big liability," White House senior adviser and director of social media Dan Scavino tweeted, adding, "defeat him in primary."
   Amash, a libertarian, responded, " Trump admin & Establishment have merged into #Trumpstablishment. Same old agenda: Attack conservatives, libertarians & independent thinkers."   Article  
Let's hope an improved plan and full repeal is agreed to!
If the GOP is to win in 2018 and 2020 they need to quit
alienating a conservative base.

++ Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies to Produce 'Detailed Spreadsheets' Involving Trump - Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce "detailed spreadsheets" of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.
  "What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,"   "The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with," diGenova said. "In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls."  More (H/T Tom)

++ White House Exposes Mainstream Media's Cover-Up of Susan Rice Scandal - Link







GOVERNMENT  CONTROL
=   LESS FREEDOM!

 April 29, 2017 MiCPAC Conference in Holt, Michigan.
This is Michigan's foremost annual gathering of conservative leaders from all branches of the movement. Cost $50 (MCU Members $40; Tables of 8 $ 350). Limited capacity. Book today! Please put in on your calendar. 
Among confirmed speakers are authors Lee Edwards (Heritage); NRA Director, national security expert and former Gov. James S. Gilmore III; John Anthony, President at Sustainable Freedom Lab (Obama wraps HUD in climate change Link); and several Michigan conservative leaders: Richard Thompson, William Wagner, Rev. Dr. Richard Zeile, Dr. Robert Steele, Sen. Patrick Colbeck, Reps. Jim Runestad and Steve Johnson, Macomb Treasurer Larry Rocca, Lt. Col. David Agema, Dr. Jim Hines, Lori Green,  Melanie Kurdys, Linda Wildern, Norm Hughes, Jerry Allen, David Dudenhoefer, Mary Sears, Jason Gillman, Tom Norton, Christine Barns, and others.  Friday night's VIP Reception ($125) also includes entertainment by MCU member and Las Vegas entertainer Mike Carluccio. Please join HERE!

Michigan News and Views
++ Transparency on Michigan government compensation. Click on the this Link, scroll to the place where you can put in yuur county name, and peruse what we are paying. Typically about 250% of average private sector pay. How many pubic school (or other) positions do you find with salaries more than $100,000? Plus benefits!  (Thanks, Triston)

++ Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire and return to his former law firm. A statement from the court says Young announced his plans Wednesday during a meeting with fellow Michigan Supreme Court justices. He says his retirement from the court will be effective April 30 or earlier. He's going back to the Dickinson Wright firm.
   Young served three years on the Michigan Court of Appeals and 18 years on Michigan's highest court, including six years as chief justice. Young says he's proud of his accomplishments, including helping to reduce acrimony among the court.
   Earlier this year his colleagues elected Justice Steve Markman as Chief Justice.

++ Lansing declared a sanctuary city in unanimous council vote - It was a surprising outcome for many in the audience at Monday's Lansing City Council meeting, as the addition of the sanctuary city designation was added as an amendment from council member Jessica Yorko just prior to the vote.  That is, it was added as a surprise addition near the end of discussion and thus was sprung on community and audience.
  On March 27, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said law enforcement grants for state and local governments in the future could be contingent on whether the community cooperates with ICE officials and the Department of Homeland Security. 
    The executive order from Bernero did not designate Lansing as a sanctuary city, but codifies what Bernero told the council is current law enforcement practices for dealing with the immigration status of residents - including prohibiting Lansing police officers and city employees from asking about immigration status "except as required by federal or state statute or court decision." More  (Thanks, Dave)

   OUR State Legislature redistributed in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016 to the City of Lansing, $13,911,200 of OUR Private Wealth to fund city programs.
  
Title 8 USCA ยง 1373(a) refers to the point in law that a foreign individual legal status within the United States of America:  "Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual."
   A Chartered Home Rule City that declares a public policy presented declaring said municipal authority to be a "Sanctuary" do so by knowingly violating their Oath of Office. An oath of Public Official is to support and defend the Laws of the United States and Michigan. Public Official who knowingly implement a public policy to harbor illegal aliens, are promoting a seditious policy of anarchy.
   Our State Legislature should immediately suspend all direct fiscal support to the City of Lansing inclusive of pulling the Home Rule Charter, until such time as the Mayor of Lansing, and the City Council suspend this corrupted public policy of overtly providing safe harbor to illegal aliens using OUR private wealth redistributed to fund Lansing City Programs that safely harbor these illegal actors. (Opinion by Kenneth Ration)

++ Lansing sanctuary city designation 'completely reckless,' Rep. Mike Bishop says - Link

++ Ford to invest $1.2 billion in Michigan plants -  including $850 million at its Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne to make the new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco, as the U.S. market continues to shift from a car market to a truck and SUV market.
   The Dearborn automaker's $1.2-billion investment also includes plans to add 130 jobs at its engine plant in Romeo, where it will spend $150 million to expand capacity  so it can make engine components for the Ranger and Bronco. In addition, Ford said it will spend $200 million to build a new advanced data center adjacent to its assembly plant in Flat Rock. More
 
++ Meijer Gardens to expand with $115 Million investment. They chose an architectural firm from New York who is designing Obama's presidential center in Chicago. Article  No Michigan firms are qualified?

++ Lansing declares itself a Sanctuary City - What benefit to them? We know they do not always obey the laws because Lansing Police sat it out when union goons were roughing us up on the Capitol lawn and on the streets during the Freedom To Work campaign.

   I had a dream last night where we left Kara (2.5 yrs old) home alone to watch the dog while the rest of the family went on vacation for a week. When we got home the only two problems were that Kara had lost her blanket and was upset about it and I left the trash can full of bacon resulting in the dog eating all of it and getting sick.
   Obviously the part about me throwing away bacon would never happen!


 

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Legislative Accountability!
It is OUR responsibility to know the issues and the players, and to inform others so that we Change Policies by changing public opinions!       Start HERE!

Here are some bills we are watching. Which are your highest priorities? 
 

++ DTS - Drain The Swamp, Michigan is running radio commercials holding legislators accountable - Sample
 
++ Michigan Could Be The Next State To Adopt Constitutional Carry - Link

++ House Bill 4070: Revise government eminent domain takings detail. Passed 76 to 31 in the House on March 28, 2017  To require state agencies to pay attorney fees and court costs of private property owners if a "governmental action" results in a loss of value and the department or agency failed to consult guidelines on government takings promulgated by the Attorney General. Also, to apply these rules on "takings" to all state departments, not just the Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Transportation departments. How they voted!  

++ 2017 Senate Bill 168: Raise tax on auto insurers  - Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on February 15, 2017To pay for state theft authority to revise the basis on which auto insurers are assessed (taxed) to support a government auto theft prevention authority, by also applying the assessments to commercial vehicle policies.    Text 
 
++ HB 4220 To Stop Extra Fees RE: "Smart Meters."  Link to Bill

++ House Bill 4251: Repeal vehicle registration tax hike  - Introduced by Democrat Rep. Scott Dianda, one of the more conservative members of the Legislature.  H.B. 4251  to repeal GOP  2015 Law

++ House Bill 4264: Increase income tax personal exemption - Introduced by Democrat leader Rep. Tim Greimel (D) on February 23, 2017 To increase the state income tax personal exemption from $4,000 to $6,000. It is noted a Republican bill is pending that would increase the exemption to $ 4,400, a savings of about
 
++ House Bill 4253: Accelerate vehicle trade-in "use tax on the difference" Introduced by Rep. Michael Webber (R)  To accelerate the 24-year phase-in of a 2013 law that exempted from use (and sales) tax the value of a trade-in when buying a motor vehicle, titled watercraft or recreational vehicle.

++ House Bill 4266: Exempt home use and de minimis farm sales - Introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly (R) on February 23, 2017 To exempt production of farm products on a family's homestead for consumption, trading or farm-stand sale in small quantities from licensure mandates or other state government restrictions. (Long overdue!). HB4266
We thank Mackinac Center for Public Policy for alerts on bills!  

++ New Bill That Could Repeal Common Core - Michigan would reject the Common Core State Standards, adopt Massachusetts' standards from the 2008-09 school year and give parents the right to opt their kids out of any testing if they see fit under legislation that faced mixed reviews during legislative hearings.
   The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, and backed by 28 fellow House members, is the latest attempt to repeal the Common Core standards in Michigan. Previous efforts have faltered.  But this effort could have some momentum, given President Donald Trump is anti-Common Core and the two newly elected members of the State Board of Education - Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, and Nikki Snyder, R-Pinckney - favor repealing Common Core. More

++ Less than half "pass": Why Michigan M-STEP results are cause for concern -  Link
++ Average SAT score for Michigan students: 1001 out of 1600  In reading and writing, the average score statewide was 507.5; the math score was 493.7. The College Board, which produces the SAT, considers 480 in reading and writing and 530 in math to be the minimum necessary for a student to be considered college or career ready. Article
++ Find the scores in  Your School  
 
++ bill package (HB 4148 - 4157) will make the executive branch subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a similar records disclosure system for the state House and Senate called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). The package is similar to legislation that was put forth by House members in 2016 that did not have the opportunity to reach the Governor's desk before the conclusion of the 2015-16 legislative session. (Thanks, Martin)
See you at MiCPAC! Apply below or at MiCPAC 2017 or at Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Return to POX 658, Oxford, Mi. 48371
There is a block of MiCPAC rooms at discount at Causeway Bay Hotel,
6820 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48911, United States of America.  (517) 694-8123

COLLEGE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
   We are pleased to announce that MCU donors have made a major commitment to provide 70% of the fees for several college students.
   Members of MFCR, YAF and TP-USA will pay only $15, and there will be a few internships with full scholarship.  Student can use the form below, designate chapter and mark $15 in the amount paid. Even better yet, we have a few full scholarships for some. Please send a note of interest to micpac.hughes@gmail.com
   College student advisors for this adventure include Charlie Kolean, Mackenzie Flynn, Chris Pawsat and Grant Strobl. Among the donors are Jack and Susan Stone; Essel W. (Trey) Bailey, III; Bruce Barlond; Tom Norton; Janice Daniels; Norm & Sue Hughes. We thank all for their involvement in making this happen!  

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