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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Policy Recommendations for High School Reform in Michigan

January 9, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

On December 13, 2005 the Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) approved a set of high school graduation requirements that are intended to improve the rigor, relevance and outcomes of Michigan high schools in order to prepare students to succeed in their post-secondary education and subsequent careers in the competitive global economy of the 21st Century.

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Diane McMillan has been the high school redesign consultant for the Michigan Department of Education since August 2005.  She recently retired after 32 years in education from the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS).  Diane worked in GRPS for 6 years--4 years as principal of Ottawa Hills High School, which is also her alma mater, and two years at the district office working in secondary literacy and language arts, and high school redesign.  Previously Diane worked for 25 years in the Lansing School District as a language arts teacher, assistant principal, and secondary language arts coordinator.  Diane is married to Robert Hurd, an assistant principal at East Kentwood High School and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Resource Materials:

Michigan High School Initiative PowerPoint LINK

The "Michigan High School Graduation Requirements"  are available on the MDE Web site at

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