The proliferation of charter schools throughout Michigan has left many school districts in serious financial trouble, according to a new report from Wall Street, leaving thousands of children without critical classroom resources.
MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan urged members of the state House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to pass the Student Safety Act, which would provide students with modern methods to anonymously report threats to school safety.
MEA staff lobbyists are meeting with teachers throughout the state to get their thoughts on a proposed new statewide system for evaluating teachers.
The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness released a report this summer with recommendations for creating a “fair, transparent and feasible” system for evaluating teachers and school administrators, which would replace the 800 different systems currently in place across Michigan.
The state House passed legislation Wednesday that would require K-12 schools to hold three lockdown drills per school year, as well as post verification on their websites that they’ve completed each drill.
After numerous delays, Common Core could soon be implemented in Michigan.
State Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 on Thursday, which would authorize the state Department of Education to finally move forward with implementing the Common Core State Standards.