News From Rep. Pagan

Monday, October 19, 2015

Last week, I voted no on House Bill 4822, a bill intended to increase literacy among Michigan's third-graders. While this bill has many positive provisions — identifying students’ reading difficulties early, developing individual intervention plans, employing research-based literacy improvement strategies, and increasing training and coaching for teachers in literacy instruction — I could not support a bill that includes mandatory retention for third-graders who are unable to pass a standardized test. 

Research clearly shows that retaining...

State Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) explains her no vote on House Bill 4822, legislation to address reading proficiency in third-graders, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in the House chamber in Lansing.
Monday, October 19, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, I hosted an community forum on education in Van Buren Township. Van Buren Public Schools Superintendent Michael Van Tassel, Board of Education member Sherry Frazier, Director of Curriculum & Instruction Jeff Moore and McBride Middle School teacher Jason Strzalkowski lent their insights on the state of education in Michigan and shared their experiences working in Van Buren Public Schools. As your state representative, I will continue to make education my top priority and...

From left, state Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) listens as Van Buren Public Schools Superintendent Michael Van Tassel speaks during a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Van Buren Township Hall. Other panelists were VBPS Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jeff Moore, Board of Education member Sherry Frazier and McBride Middle School teacher Jason Strzalkowski.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

State Representative Kristy Pagan released the following today:

Next week, I am holding a community conversation to a facilitate discussion and seek input from residents about the state of education in Michigan. This event is free and open to the public. Advocating for a strong education plan locally and making Michigan a top-10 education state in the country continues to be my top priority. I hope you will join me:

  • Tuesday, October 13, at 7
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LANSING – As October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, members of the Progressive Women's Legislative Caucus are urging their Republican colleagues that a package of bills aimed at combating domestic violence has languished in the Legislature for half a year. The measures would give survivors of domestic violence the tools they need to escape violent situations and seek justice.

“Domestic violence is a serious problem in Michigan, and people who are trapped in abusive...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 21, I hosted a forum at the Canton Township Hall with a focus on education. The goal of the forum was to give students, parents, teachers, administrators and elected officials the opportunity to jointly discuss the achievements of our education system, and the challenges it faces, both locally and at the state level.

The forum featured several special guests from the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) community: Superintendent Michael Meissen, Board of Education...

State Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton), left, listens as a panelist discusses education issues on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at the Canton Township Hall.