Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:12pm

Grants of up to $2,500 for arts-related equipment or supplies to be used in schools are available through Michigan Youth Arts with assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). "Art Equipment & Supplies Grant" applies to performing arts subjects like instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, creative writing, media arts, special education and more.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:11pm

State Board of Education (SBE) members are looking for someone with experience in education-perhaps a former local superintendent or teacher-to be the next state superintendent of instruction. Their search is expected to be completed by January 2015, well ahead of current Superintendent Mike Flanagan's retirement in July 2015.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:09pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is making Michigan a stop on her Back to School Tour! Location details are still being finalized, but put the date on your calendar.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:17pm

recent EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters showed that 82 percent of them believe that for-profit management companies should be required to publicly explain how they're spending the $1 billion in taxpayer dollars they're getting from the state.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:20pm

NEA's Works4Me is a free weekly newsletter with practical classroom tips written by teachers for teachers. There are tips and best ideas on classroom management, teaching techniques, curriculum, content, and more. When you sign up to receive the newsletter, you'll join other Michigan teachers who have already provided tips and suggestions.  

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:21pm

The California's Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) have appealed the Los Angeles Superior Court's decision to strip state educators of their tenure rights. The action by the teacher unions follows a similar appeal by the State of California and California Gov. Jerry Brown

Parental involvement focus of education reform meeting

Trying to find a legislative solution to a lack of parental involvement in schools, an education reform committee considered the idea of withholding public assistance payments if parents didn’t attend teacher conferences.

Rep. Tim Melton (D-Auburn) suggested the possibility at a legislative education reform meeting this week. This is not the first time Melton has made the suggestion. He considers a lack of parental involvement in schools a form of child neglect and believes Child Protective Services should be called in, especially for parents of students in kindergarten through fifth grade with a high percentage of absences.

Will waiving NCLB testing standards bring more 'reforms' or more honesty?

Just days after the state Board of Education asked the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver on No Child Left Behind testing standards so Michigan could boost student proficiency on state assessments, federal education officials announced they’ll waive the rule that calls for states to have 100 percent of students proficient on state tests by 2014.

Snyder names school takeover panel for lowest performing schools

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed 11 people to the board of the new Education Achievement System (EAS) which will take over and run Michigan’s lowest performing schools—starting with 45 failing Detroit public schools.

The 11-member board includes two members appointed by Detroit Public Schools, two members appointed by Eastern Michigan University, and seven members appointed by the governor.

Snyder signs anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills into law

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a four-bill package that limits collective bargaining and changes how teachers are evaluated and dismissed in Michigan. Read the full press release sent from the State of Michigan Executive Office on July 19, 2011.

Under the new laws, formerly known as House Bills 4625-4628, teachers will have to wait five years instead of four to earn tenure. Educators will no longer be allowed to collectively bargain teacher placement and teachers at all levels can now be fired for almost any reason. Read more.

Related: Next step is recall of out-of-touch legislators

Teacher tenure reform signed into law

Press release from the State of Michigan Executive Office - July 19, 2011

Performance to replace use of seniority in staffing decisions

House workgroup hears business input on public education

“Businesses in Michigan…How Do They Want to See Us Educate Our Children” was the agenda description for Wednesday’s meeting of the House Education Reform Workgroup. The committee heard presentations by a number of business owners, human resource personnel and the Grand Rapids Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Bill capping health insurance goes to conference committee

State of Michigan Capitol Building
State of Michigan Capitol Building

Senate, House set to work on differences in SB 7

In a surprising move, the Senate took up the House version of Senate Bill 7 on Wednesday (their only session day this week), unanimously rejecting the House’s changes to the bill that would cap employer contributions to health insurance.

Help hold lawmakers accountable

We’ve launched a new page detailing recall information from across the state. It’s accessible through our Members Only site. Here’s how you can help hold lawmakers accountable for their attacks on public education and the middle class.

Recall Event Calendar

To find locations to sign recall petitions for Gov. Snyder go to www.firericksnyder.org

July 21
9 a.m.-noon – Petition signing for Snyder recall and Emergency Manager repeal
Where: Bedford Public Library

Noon – Recall Paul Scott Kickoff Campaign
Where:  Citizens Against Government Overreach Headquarters, 6153 Dort Highway, Grand Blanc
 
4:30-6 p.m. – Petition signing for Snyder recall and Emergency Manager repeal
Where: At intersection of Secor Rd. and Sterns Rd. and at intersection of Temperance Rd. and Lewis Avenue

July 21-24
Farmers’ Festival – Recall petitions available for signing – Contact Carson at Bad Axe Recall Headquarters, 989-269-2583 for more information
Where:  Pigeon, MI

July 30

10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Fire Snyder petition signing
Where:  Bayside Restaurant, 142 W. Walled Lake Dr., Walled Lake

July 31
6-11 p.m. – Rally for Democracy sponsored by the Kent County Recall Rick Snyder
Where:  The Orbit Room, 2525 Lake Eastbrook Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

More ‘ed reform’ on House panel radar

Michigan Capitol Building
Michigan Capitol Building

School funding was on today’s agenda of a state House education reform work group, a special, bipartisan panel that plans to meet weekly through the summer to consider substantial changes for public education.

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