School Rules

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The Michigan House Thursday narrowly approved two bills that would let schools out of certain state rules if they promise to improve student performance.

The House voted 56-49 to approve the main bill. That's the minimum number of votes allowed to send a bill to the Senate.

The legislation would allow the state schools superintendent to exempt requirements on schools such as the length of the school day.

A school could receive a waiver for five years if it lays out goals it hopes to achieve without the state regulation.

If there's no progress in student achievement during the term of the contract, it could be canceled by the superintendent.

Supporters of the bill, mainly Republicans, say it will give schools more flexibility to educate students.

But Democratic opponents say the legislation is too broad. They're worried it could allow schools to hire teachers who aren't certified.