January 30, 2007, Introduced by Senators GARCIA, SWITALSKI, CHERRY, SCOTT, ALLEN, KUIPERS, HARDIMAN, RICHARDVILLE, CROPSEY, ANDERSON, WHITMER and BISHOP and referred to the Committee on Education.




     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled


"The revised school code,"


by amending section 1481 (MCL 380.1481), as added by 2000 PA 230.




     Sec. 1481. (1) Not later than the beginning of the 2000-2001


school year, the The Michigan virtual university shall develop,


implement, and operate the Michigan virtual high school, as


described in this section.


     (2) The Michigan virtual high school shall have the following




     (a) Significantly expand curricular offerings for high schools


across this state through agreements with school districts or


licenses from other recognized providers.


     (b) Create a statewide instructional model using interactive


multimedia tools delivered by electronic means, including, but not


limited to, the internet, digital broadcast, or satellite network,


for distributed learning at the high school level.


     (c) Provide pupils with opportunities to develop skills and


competencies through on-line learning.


     (d) Offer high school teachers opportunities to learn new


skills and strategies for developing and delivering instructional




     (e) Accelerate this state's ability to respond to current and


emerging educational demands.


     (f) Grant high school diplomas through a dual enrollment


method with school districts.


     (g) Act as a broker for college level equivalent courses, as


defined in section 1471, and dual enrollment courses from


postsecondary education institutions.


     (3) The Michigan virtual high school course offerings shall


include, but are not limited to, all of the following:


     (a) Information technology courses.


     (b) College level equivalent courses, as defined in section




     (c) Courses and dual enrollment opportunities.


     (d) At-risk programs and services.


     (e) General education development test preparation courses for


adjudicated youth.


     (f) Special interest courses.


     (g) Professional development programs and services for




     (4) In addition to its other duties under this section, the


Michigan virtual university shall work with the department and


other appropriate state agencies to explore the development and


delivery of a full curriculum for migrant pupils that would be


available through distance learning. The Michigan virtual


university and the department shall submit a joint report on their


findings under this subsection to the legislature not later than 1


year after the effective date of this section.


     (5) In addition to its other duties, not later than the


beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, the Michigan virtual


university shall develop and offer a course for high school pupils


on basic finance. The board of a school district or board of


directors of a public school academy that operates a high school


shall offer the course as an elective for high school pupils and


shall grant appropriate high school credit for successful


completion of the course. The course shall include coverage of at


least all of the following topics:


     (a) Use of consumer credit.


     (b) Understanding mortgages.


     (c) How to close a mortgage or other consumer financial




     (d) Credit scores and their effect on individuals.


     (e) Costs of borrowing money.


     (6) (5) Nonpublic school students and home-schooled children


may participate in course offerings of the Michigan virtual high


school to the same extent they are allowed to participate in school


district course offerings under this act and the state school aid


act of 1979. , 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1601 to 388.1772.


     (7) (6) The Michigan virtual university shall fund the


Michigan virtual high school from appropriations made for this


purpose and may also use funds received from other sources. The


department shall provide technical assistance as requested by the


Michigan virtual university for the purposes of this section.