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State rep. proposes two education bills not likely to get approved

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

A local lawmaker has repeatedly made headlines with lofty goals for education in Michigan.

State Rep. Tim Kelly introduced two education proposals that he admits aren't likely to gain much steam right now. The first one includes eliminating the Michigan Board of Education.

"We've got a hodge podge of education policy in the state due to so many chiefs and not enough Indians," Kelly said.

Kelly, who is chair of the school aid subcommittee and served as Gov. John Engler's education policy adviser, also presented a measure to allow the state to pay for special education students to attend private schools.

"Trying to provide parents with as much options and parental choices as possible," Kelly said.

Kelly said it's a long shot that some of the resolutions would pass, but he said it's about opening up a conversation about different ideas to improve schools in Michigan.

"Both pragmatically are dead upon arrival. I'm introducing them to get the conversation into the ether to have a broader discussion about how to move Michigan forward in education," Kelly said.

He said even if chances are slim for legislation to move forward, it won't stop him from presenting bills he thinks would benefit the state.

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