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 Article of Interest - Professional Development

Engler Highlights E-Government Effort with Online Curriculum Support for Teachers 

MIRS, August 5, 2002

Gov. John ENGLER today gave a one-year update on the progress of the state's new web portal: www.michigan.gov  

The web site was launched in July of 2001. Use of the site has grown from more than 100,000 weekday page views to more than 525,000 daily views. Engler also noted that the site has garnered more than a dozen awards.

“Use of Michigan.gov is growing because the number of services is growing,” Engler said. “More than 100 services are up and running — on your time, not ours.”

At today's announcement, Engler outlined two new services which will be available on Michigan.gov, online lesson plans for teachers and a business startup function.

The new Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education www.michigan.gov/scope page provides practical curriculum support for classroom teachers complete with lesson plans, activities, assessments and homework assignments.

The new business startup function www.michigan.gov/businessstartup  allows entrepreneurs to provide their information and then automatically add that data to the proper forms from among 26 potential documents. The interactive system also guides users through the process of completing the forms. Residents using the new business startup feature will still have to mail in their forms, but Engler said the entire process will be online later in the year.

Other changes announced by Engler include:

- The transfer of e-Michigan functions to the Department of Information Technology (DIT) by executive order;

- The director of e-Michigan, Stephani COMAI, will move to a new role as special advisor for information technology services; and

- Teresa DOUGLASS will serve as acting director for e-Michigan until the transition to DIT is complete on Oct. 2.

“I am constantly amazed at what Stephanie and her team have been able to accomplish, and I am very grateful for her dedicated work to transform Michigan into Michigan.gov,” Engler said. “The next governor will inherit a commitment to technology that is second to none, and for that, I am very proud.”

 

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