Sen. Colbeck pursuing school accountability measures that work

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, announced on Monday that representatives from the “5 Star Life” education program would be testifying in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

“The Senate Education Committee has spent the past several weeks evaluating how schools facing potential closure can find ways to improve their performance instead of simply being shut down,” Sen. Colbeck said. “A common thread we have heard in testimony is that you need to create an environment where students want to be there and see the value in learning. Without that, simply teaching a subject won’t work well for many students. The 5 Star Life Program is an option that many struggling schools have used to great success, and the committee is excited to hear what they have to say.”

The organization has had success by offering accredited coursework that both engages and empowers students through focusing on the five tenets of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sacrifice, and Courage. The coursework is also designed to look at workforce readiness, mentoring, and at-risk education.

“Much of what we have been discussing in committee is to identify to whom our schools are accountable to when they start to fail,” Sen. Colbeck said. “While part of it is accountability to the state and our school systems, ultimately our schools are first accountable to our students, their parents, and teachers. The 5 Star Life Program helps to empower students so that they realize the importance of their schools and their education, and it drives a desire for helping them to want to learn for themselves and not just the sake of government standards. This is an excellent program worth raising awareness of.”

The hearing is open to the public and scheduled for noon in Senate Committee Room 1300 of the Binsfeld Senate Building, 201 Townsend Street in Lansing.


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