The Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday hosted a ceremony honoring first responders and Michigan natives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. State Rep. Peter MacGregor invited Courtland Township Fire Chief Mickey Davis to the event. “Sept. 11, 2001 was a tragic day in our nation’s history that we must never forget so we continue to honor those who died and all first responders who continue to fight for our safety,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “It was my honor to have Chief Davis with me on the House floor for this special ceremony. I greatly appreciate his sacrifices and the sacrifices of all first responders putting their lives on the line to protect us.” Following the presentation of the colors by a Michigan State Police Honor Guard, the names of fallen military members and first responders were read and honored. The ceremony is an annual event in the Michigan House.
State Rep. Peter MacGregor
State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement recently in response to his vote against the House Fiscal Year 2013 School Aid Budget: “Although there were many positive reforms in this budget, I have serious concerns with the change in how kindergarten is funded. The budget takes away half of the funding for kindergarten programs that operate half-day programs, though no savings to the state are shown.” “I support the vast majority of reforms and programs in the education budget, but I will not support a plan that will cost our local schools more of their limited funding without providing any financial savings to the state. We should not be essentially mandating full-day kindergarten, which is why I voted against this budget as currently written.”
MacGregor votes to protect strong schools, provide choices for parents Education options increased for students, parents State Rep. Peter MacGregor recently voted for sweeping reform legislation approved by the Michigan House giving parents, without any other choice, more education options for their children by allowing more charter schools to open their doors. Senate Bill 618, supported by MacGregor, allows for the phase in on the number and location of charter schools in Michigan, and requiring increased conditions and more accountability on all public school student performance. “All Michigan students should have access to the best possible education and parents should be able to determine the best path for their children, not the government, and not by what zip code you live in” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Lifting the charter cap is not a threat against our public school, in fact, I don’t anticipate my district being affected a great deal as we have some of the best public school districts in the state.” The bill approved Wednesday, Dec. 14 was strengthened by House Republicans by adding provisions that require: • additional guidelines for authorizers to consider when granting charter contracts; • the creation of a bipartisan legislative workgroup to develop quality measures for all public schools by March 30, 2012; • student growth made toward academic goals before expansion; • all accreditation and progress report information to be posted on school websites for transparency; and • a gradual elimination of the charter cap. Currently, more than two-thirds of Michigan’s 232 charter schools have waiting lists, according to the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. “We have many excellent public schools in the area,” MacGregor said. “This bill increases educational competition in Michigan while also keeping our best schools on a continuous path to improvement. I studied this issue and listened to my district. At the end of the day, I voted my conscience—my vote was about improving the lives of kids, not maintaining the status quo for school systems.” Senate Bill 618 received final approval Thursday, Dec. 15 by the Michigan Senate and now heads to Gov. Snyder for approval.
Lawmaker honors championship team and coach on statewide title State Rep. Peter MacGregor was joined in Lansing on Thursday, Dec. 15 by the Class A state champion Rockford High School varsity volleyball team. The Lady Rams visited the state Capitol to celebrate their state title win. MacGregor was proud to welcome the student-athletes to Lansing, where they enjoyed a tour of the Capitol building and were recognized by all of the representatives present in the House chamber during session on December 15. “It was my honor to congratulate the Lady Rams for their wonderful athletic achievement at the state Capitol,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “These young women have shown remarkable dedication both on the court and in the classroom, bringing great pride to our community.” The Rockford High School champions made the trip to Lansing with Head Coach Kelly Delacher, where they were presented with a tribute signed by MacGregor and Gov. Rick Snyder.
State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, recently coordinated presentations on cyber safety for sixth- through eighth-grade students at East and North Rockford middle schools. The presentations, customized through the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI), inform students about common Internet predator techniques and appropriate responses to cyber bullying. Students are cautioned about revealing personal information on social networking sites. They also are taught not to share inappropriate material via cell phones, while learning about the long-term consequences that can result. The presentation incorporates several videos to drive home the importance of being responsible online. “It’s important that our children understand the dangers of the Internet,” MacGregor said. “When I learned of the CSI program, I knew Rockford students could benefit from the important information, and I’m pleased that we were able to coordinate this great opportunity for them. Thanks to the Michigan CSI, Rockford students will be safer on the Internet this year.” The Michigan CSI program was piloted in 2007 by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Since the program’s launch, it has been presented to more than 640,000 students in Michigan. For additional information, along with handouts and resources, visit the Michigan CSI website at www.michigan.gov/csi.