LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck called for input from Michigan residents on Monday regarding the recently proposed LGBTQ policy guidelines from the State Board of Education.
“Now is the time for concerned Michigan citizens to speak out on these proposed guidelines,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “I have serious concerns that these policy guidelines will fail to result in a safe and secure learning environment. I believe that they will distract teachers from their core mission of teaching and helping children become proficient in areas such as reading, science, math, and history.”
The proposed guidelines were released on Feb. 23 and are publicly available at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) website. The State Board of Education is expected to vote on the guidelines at either its May 10 or June 14 meeting.
“I encourage people to reach out to my office and to share their concerns with my staff and I. There is still time to make our voices heard on this critical issue and members of the public are encouraged to testify during the public comment portions of the State Board of Education meetings.”
Comments can be sent to Colbeck by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and submitted directly to the MDE. The department will accept comments on its website through May 11, 2016. Comments can also be sent to Kim Kovalchick of the MDE at the following address:
Kim Kovalchick, Supervisor
Michigan Department of Education
Coordinated School Health & Safety Programs Unit
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909