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Only a few weeks left to influence the vote on ESEA authorization

There is a push on for the next two weeks to ensure that reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is done right this time. It's expected that the Senate will take up the ESEA on April 14.

Some school reform office duties transferred to budget department

With an executive order, Gov. Snyder transferred the School Reform Office’s K-12 education reform and accountability functions to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). Those functions had been under the Department of Education and will now be in a department Snyder controls.

Take action today! House ESEA rewrite expected to pass this week

The U.S. House is expected to pass a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this Friday. Unfortunately, this rewrite does nothing to help students learn or teachers teach. The focus has shifted to more testing, labeling of schools and then punishing them for their “failure,” while doing nothing to close achievement gaps.

Sign up for BFCL training to better communicate with

There's still time to register for next Building Full Capacity Locals training, "Reaching Your Members" on Feb. 25 at the Bloomfield Hills MEA office, 43252 Woodward Ave., Suite 200.

Sign up for BFCL training to better communicate with

Letter-grade ranking of schools doesn’t make the ‘grade’

With states across the country—including Michigan—debating whether to implement a system that ranks schools on letter grades, a report by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice shows that using an A-F letter-grade ranking is invalid and fails to provide important information about a school’s quality.

Michigan faced some of the same issues as in NEA’s biggest education story choices

NEA has selected “The 5 Biggest Education Stories of 2014”, reflecting education issues impacting members across the country—including Michigan. The stories deal with standardized testing, the student debt crisis, the assault on teacher due process, zero tolerance discipline policies and Common Core.
 

MI taxpayers helping charter school management companies make big profits

How charter management companies spend more than $1 billion dollars in state taxpayer dollars is again the focus of a news article in the Detroit Free Press. "Public money for schools buys private property" uncovers the arrangement National Heritage Academies (NHA) has with its schools. NHA, not the school, owns the school buildings and the contents, even though that's all been purchased with taxpayer money.

More school buses fail annual safety inspection

Lack of adequate education funding has not only impacted class size, staffing and programs, it has also hit school transportation budgets. The result is more Michigan school buses flunking the latest round of state safety inspections.

Will Michigan have an evaluation system ready in time for the DOE?

Michigan is one of 16 states that will probably be looking for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards that call for using student test scores in teacher evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering to give states that already have an NCLB waiver even longer to create new assessments. Currently, the state still doesn't have an assessment that measures student growth.

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