MEAP Fate in Governor's Hands

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Governor Jennifer Granholm will decide whether to replace the high school MEAP test with a version of a college entrance exam.

The Legislature sent a five-bill package to the governor's desk Thursday.

Under the legislation, eleventh-graders would begin taking the new Michigan Merit Exam in the 2006-2007 school year.

It's likely that part of the new test would include the ACT and an ACT work skills exam.

A Granholm spokeswoman says the governor has supported looking at options to possibly replace the MEAP. But Granholm won't decide on the bills until she receives recommendations from a commission exploring higher education in Michigan.

That report is expected next week.