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House panel battles over school resolution

The Republican-controlled state House Education Committee adopted a non-binding resolution on Tuesday.

It takes aim at what it calls “radical politics” and “political indoctrination” in schools.

Democratic Representative Matt Koleszar questioned the sponsor, Republican Representative Pat Outman, about the language in the resolution. Outman declined to answer.

“So what evidence do you have that there is radical politics permeating public school curricula that amount to political indoctrination?” “Again, representative, I don’t want to get into specifics.”

The measure goes now to the House floor. The GOP-controlled state Senate adopted a similar resolution last month.

Resolutions don’t carry legal weight. But this does put on display the stark partisan contrast in Michigan when it comes to politics and schools.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.