Today opens the window period for the field testing of the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests which will replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) next year. More than 120,000 students in 675 schools across the state are scheduled to participate in two field test windows.
Members of Rochester's North Hill Elementary School spent their money at Penny Black, a Rochester neighborhood restaurant.
Sometimes it takes a powerful visual to make the point that school employees are the backbone of a community’s economy. In Rochester, those employees let their money do the talking for them at their “Educator’s Cash Mob” on March 6.
You may be hearing about the “Classrooms and Kids” school funding proposal from your local superintendent. It is purported to put more money into the per-pupil foundation allowance. While it does increase the bottom line for per-pupil spending, the proposal gets its $186 million increase from eliminating a number of categorical aid line items.
Bills which provide an alternative to the expansion of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) have been moved out of the House Education Committee and await action on the House floor. HB 5268 and HB 5269, sponsored by Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids), will allow ISDs to have a part in assisting struggling schools.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) gave Saginaw schools a reprieve today. The Saginaw City School District had until Feb. 10 to submit a deficit elimination plan that takes care of their $6.5 million debt. The superintendent-in conjunction with the union-- has a new plan, but asked for an extension after the school board delayed taking a vote Saturday.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) reported to legislators that the only option for testing students on the Common Core State Standards is the Smarter Balanced assessment. The report is part of a resolution passed last fall by the Legislature authorizing MDE to spend state funds on implementing the standards.
What suggestions for improving public education would you offer Gov. Rick Snyder?
Well, MEA members from across the state wrote their ideas in special holiday gift messages that were delivered to him last week. Just some of the ideas teachers and support staff recommended included reducing class sizes, providing enough funding for schools and classroom supplies, and addressing social issues such as poverty and nutrition.