Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:45pm

According to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan ranks 32nd when it comes to a child's overall well-being compared to other states. Michigan dropped one slot in ranking from last year, making it the worst-performing state in the Great Lakes region. 

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:46pm

Michigan isn't the only state looking to establish stricter guidelines for charter school authorizers. A policy brief by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), reports that while 42 states have charter school legislation, only  33 states have authorizing bodies that are responsible for approving and overseeing charters schools. But only 15 of those states have set standards for authorizers.

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.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:40pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:51pm

The Great Lakes Center annually releases a recommended "summer reading list" for educators. The list evaluates the so-called education reform movement and whether or not those reforms really work.

Posted on 07/15/14 at 11:23am

The Sunday, July 13 edition of the Lansing State Journal covered the issue of teacher evaluations in its "A Greater Lansing Outlook" section. Included is a column by MEA President Steve Cook, "Teachers support bills for fair evaluations," highlighting MEA's involvement in writing HB 5223 and HB 5224. 

Support for bilingual classrooms available at MABE Institute

The 2014 Michigan Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) Institute will be held May 8-9 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn. This year’s Institute, “Literacy and Language in Action!” will explore bilingual education with programs and solutions geared to fit every classroom.

Support for bilingual classrooms available at MABE Institute

The 2014 Michigan Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) Institute will be held May 8-9 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn. This year’s Institute, “Literacy and Language in Action!” will explore bilingual education with programs and solutions geared to fit every classroom.

What’s left on Gov. Snyder’s education agenda?

We’re moving into the last months of the legislative session before policymakers take a summer break.

Michigan students losing out to other states in reading, math

Michigan students aren’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to showing improvement in areas of reading and math, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education advocacy and research organization. The group used 10 years’ worth of data on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) given to fourth, eighth and 12th graders.

Now all members can take advantage of Flint’s evaluation alternative

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Website shows exactly how much Snyder’s school cuts still shortchange Oakland, Macomb kids

FARMINGTON/WARREN – A new online tool can help parents, educators, teachers, school staff and policymakers see exactly how much Gov. Rick Snyder’s school  cuts continue to shortchange Michigan children in every school district, teachers in Oakland and Macomb counties said today. Dating to Snyder’s first year as governor in 2011, the cuts affect everything from classroom sizes, courses and programs, and basic supplies.

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Many Michigan teachers won't stay long enough to collect their pensions

Most of the country's younger public school teachers won't stay in the profession long enough to earn a pension, according to a report from Bellwether Education Partners, a Washington-based education consulting group. For Michigan, the data shows only 43 percent of our public school teachers will receive a pension for their service to students.

‘Culture of Reading’ will provide books and instruction to low-income readers

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has established the “Culture of Reading” program to provide free books and reading instruction to Michigan’s low-income children. The program will be funded through private donations.

More students are taking online classes—is that a good thing?


In the last three years, the number of K-12 students taking online courses has grown to 52 percent, according to a report to the Legislature prepared by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. The overall number of online courses has also more than doubled in the last three years. In 2011-12, 89,921 courses were taken; in 2012-13, 185,053 courses were taken overall.

The effectiveness of online courses gets mixed reviews. For students taking a blend of online and traditional classes, the completion or passing rate was 60 percent. The completion or passing rate for non-online courses was 72 percent.

The Institute analyzed data from students enrolled in courses through the Michigan Virtual University School, students who did all of their coursework online through a cyber school, and students who took online courses through other sources, such as through their school district. Most of the students taking online courses are students who are academically behind and need to catch up on credits.

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