Backgrounder - Education reform
Education reform is on the minds of policymakers in Lansing and in Washington, D.C.
But, there’s a difference between education reform that would help students and proposals that aim to whittle the jobs and collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Education reform will be in the spotlight in Michigan in March and April. On March 7, noted education historian Diane Ravitch and other education reform experts will participate in a major symposium on reform. In April, Gov. Rick Snyder plans an address on education, where he is expected to announce his ideas for public education.
We hope that Snyder embraces some of the ideas included in MEA’s bold five-point reform plan to make Michigan a leader in education. The association was the first to release a roadmap for education reform. You can read MEA’s “A+ Agenda” here.
Meanwhile, it’s hard to get excited about what’s taking shape in Lansing. Snyder’s proposed budget calls for drastic funding cuts for education – both K-12 and higher education – and school officials statewide are warning of dire consequences if the cuts are enacted. Several legislative proposals are underway that would undermine school improvement efforts by eliminating the jobs of public employees who provide direct student support or gutting the collective bargaining rights of those who remain employed.
Real, balanced reforms are needed – and MEA’s A+ Agenda includes dozens of ideas to help public education and Michigan. Please help spread the word about these positive reforms that would provide real, balanced solutions to the crisis.