Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:48am

Fallout is still being felt two months after the release of the Detroit Free Press' report on the state's charter schools. The investigative report uncovered a general lack of accountability and transparency in how charter schools spend the more than $1 billion in state taxpayer money they receive.

Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:50am

The State Board of Education (SBE) has unanimously approved the Model Code of Student Conduct 2014. (It's at the Michigan Department of Education website. SBE held several hearings before deciding on a revised Code that would ensure students were educated in a "safe and supportive environment that fosters academic success and healthy development." The current Student Conduct Code dates back to July 2001.

Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:51am

If you consider the leadership of your elementary or middle school principal to be outstanding, then consider nominating your principal for the 2014 MEMSPA Outstanding Practicing Principal award.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:05am

While MEA members support the concept of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many are finding it difficult to effectively implement it in their classrooms because of a lack of training or adequate resources. If you’re an MEA/NEA member, there is help.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:10am

Schools across the state will be starting a new school year in less than a month, but there’s been no further legislative action on the adoption of a statewide teacher and administrator evaluation system. And the MEAP will still be used this school year since no new statewide student assessment has been chosen that will measure student growth—a measurement that will impact teacher and administrator evaluations.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:47pm

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Poll shows support for local school districts

Part 2 of an EPIC-MRA statewide survey shows that while 52 percent of Michigan voters offered a negative rating on the quality of Michigan public schools overall, 62 percent gave a positive rating for the quality of education in their own local public school district.

SB 618 moves to Senate

SB 618 was reported out of the Senate Education Committee this afternoon and now moves to the full Senate. SB 618 allows the outsourcing/privatization of teachers and removes the cap on charter schools.

Committee members voted 3-2 on the bill and on a substitute amendment that broke the tie-bar between SB 618 and SB 624 which mandates schools of choice.

Michigan will see NEA ad promoting American Jobs Act

Michigan is one of the states NEA has chosen to launch a TV ad campaign that urges Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. The ad will also appear in Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas and the District of Columbia. To see the 30-second ad, go to http://tinyurl.com/4x2thmt.

SB 7 becomes law

Yesterday, Gov. Snyder signed into law PA 152 which requires public school employees to pay more for their health care coverage.

Experts support MEA position on SB 618-624

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony yesterday—both pro and con—on its so-called education reform package, SB 618-624. MEA’s opposition to the legislation was supported with testimony from Gary Miron, Western Michigan University education professor and national charter school expert, and Barbara Bonsignore, the Public Policy Director of Michigan AAUW.

Senate ‘ed reform’ bills defy voter wishes, expert testimony

Outsourcing teachers.  Creating unlimited charter and cyber schools.  Mandating that schools participate in schools of choice.  Providing back-door vouchers to private- and home-schooled students.

Join live webcast on teacher evaluation and support systems

During an interactive webcast on Monday, Oct. 3, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will release their report, "Getting it Right: A Comprehensive Guide to Developing and Sustaining Teacher Evaluation and Support Systems."

Listen to Obama's 'back-to-school' talk

President Obama will deliver his third annual back-to-school speech at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, to students at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.

Will Michigan meet Obama's new NCLB relief mandates?

Michigan may have to reapply for a waiver to get relief from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate that all students be proficient on state tests by 2014. New waiver request forms are due Nov. 14; approval can be expected as early as January 2012. A second round of waivers is due February 2012.

Poll shows Michigan voters opposed to some Republican education proposals

An EPIC-MRA news release today reports that 68 percent of Michigan voters are clearly opposed to the outsourcing of teachers to private companies, part of a Senate package of education reforms (SB 618-624).  And with other reforms getting mixed reactions, it sets the stage for a divisive public conversation on proposals generated by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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