Posted on 11/17/14 at 2:56pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has given the okay for school districts to move ahead with their plans for the new statewide student assessment to be given in the spring of 2015. M-STEP, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, meets the requirements mandated by the Legislature to update the MEAP.

Posted on 11/17/14 at 2:57pm

Lack of adequate education funding has not only impacted class size, staffing and programs, it has also hit school transportation budgets. The result is more Michigan school buses flunking the latest round of state safety inspections.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 4:38pm

The Senate and the House are both considering legislation which would give high school students certification in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on their diplomas. If such legislation becomes law, it would make Michigan the first state in the country to offer STEM certification. 

Posted on 11/10/14 at 4:39pm

Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan research, information and advocacy center, compiled a list of the most common myths about education in Michigan. Their list is a result of discussions with many organizations—both educational and non-educational—across the state.

Posted on 11/03/14 at 4:19pm

Eleven Michigan charter schools met the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) deadline for fixing administrative issues like posting documents on their websites, but they could still face suspension this month over academic performance. State Superintendent Flanagan plans to meet with the authorizers of those 11 schools before deciding whether authorizers would be barred from opening any new charter schools until all issues are addressed.

Posted on 11/03/14 at 4:20pm

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) are promising to work together to improve assessments at the state and local levels. One of their specific commitments is to evaluate state assessment systems for quality and coherence. The two groups will partner with districts to review their assessments.

Education funding, curriculum changes get Governor’s signature

Gov. Snyder has signed the new 2014-15 education budget into law which provides $15.8 billion to all levels of education in Michigan. 

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Michigan Schools are hurting

After years of crippling budget cuts to public education, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed to a small funding increase in the 2014-15 education budget. This increase, timed to coincide with the governor’s re-election campaign, seems more politically motivated than an act of generosity.

But a long record of deep cuts to public schools will not be erased with a miniscule election-year funding increase.

The foundation allowance increase varies by district from a low of 29 cents a day per student to about a dollar a day at the top end. This is hardly a windfall and doesn’t even keep pace with inflation.

Today, we have 50 school districts in deficit spending and facing financial collapse. A funding increase of a mere 29 cents a day will not change that. And it certainly won’t alleviate the financial strain on all school districts across the state — districts still coping with the $1 billion cut in funding Gov. Rick Snyder handed them in his first year in office.

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Who is the Mackinac Center?

First launched as a "non-partisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of Michigan residents by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions," the Mackinac Center now uses anti-union, anti-school employee, anti-public  education tactics to push its agenda. 

Take some time for PD reading on Common Core

Education Week Spotlight is a regular collection of articles by its editors on professional development topics. This week, the magazine features the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

After 20 years, what’s going on with charter schools in Michigan?

The June 22 edition of the Detroit Free Press began an extensive special report on charter schools in Michigan. "State of Charter Schools: After 2 Decades, Michigan Has Promises to Keep" is the result of a year-long investigation into what’s been going on since the first charter schools opened 20 years ago. Today, the charters spend almost $1 billion in state money—with little oversight--for the more than 140,000 students enrolled in charter schools.  

Support arts education—become an assessment developer or content reviewer

The Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project (MAEIA) is looking for members this summer to support the development of two arts education projects.

Michigan teacher inducted into National Teacher Hall of Fame

Gary Koppelman

Gary Koppelmann, a long-time Blissfield Community Schools teacher, is one of five teachers inducted into the 2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame. The National Teachers Hall of Fame honors five individuals from more than 7 million great teachers in the United States.

Who’s really looking out for your best interest?

The school year is over and it’s tempting to just put aside the memories of all the attacks on school employees by those with an anti-education agenda. Unfortunately, our enemies aren’t taking a break this summer. Leading the pack is the Mackinac Center that’s making sure you question your commitment to public education and your union.

Education funding levels decided by Legislature; waiting for Gov.’s signature

Funding for all levels of education was decided by the Legislature this week when HB 5314 passed the Senate. Funding levels are set for K-12, community colleges and universities.  The legislation is now on its way to Gov. Snyder for his signature.

What did you learn in school today, Mr. Schauer?

Plenty--according to his opinion editorial, “Day at school highlights need to reverse school cuts,” which appeared in the Macomb Daily. Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, spent the day at Armada High School learning first-hand what it means to be a student and a teacher in a Michigan public school.

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