Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:31pm

More Michigan children are living in poverty according to the annualKids Count report by the Michigan League for Public Policy and  funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The number of children in poverty increased by 35 percent with one in four children living in poverty and one in three qualifying for food assistance because their families’ incomes are $23,600 or less a year.

Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:32pm

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.

Posted on 02/25/15 at 9:21am

If you believe our schools and safer roads are important to the quality of life in Michigan, circle May 5 on your calendar. On that day, voters will be asked to vote on a proposal that would raise over $1 billion to repair Michigan’s dangerous roads and bridges, while raising $300 million in new revenue for Michigan public schools, funded by a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:01pm

MEA members Marcia Hudson and Linda Maniago of Avondale were awarded a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from NEA for their Teacher Lab project. In this latest round, NEA awarded 16 Learning and Leadership Grants. 

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan State University scholars have created a financial health-indicator system for school districts that could be facing financial stress. The proactive system uses research and information from other states to analyze the fiscal health of school districts and is outlined in a white paper, “Knowledgeable Navigation to Avoid the Iceberg.”

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:06pm

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step to getting out is to stop digging.

The hole I am referring to is the $1 billion taxpayers spend each year on Michigan’s experiment with charter schools. A recent report by a pro charter school group ranks Michigan’s charter school accountability law last among similar states. 

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.

Important victory for affirmative action

Michigan universities will be able to consider race and gender, along with numerous other factors, in the admission process, following a ruling last week from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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