The Senate Education Committee heard testimony yesterday—both pro and con—on its so-called education reform package,SB 618-624. MEA’s opposition to the legislation was supported with testimony from Gary Miron, Western Michigan University education professor and national charter school expert, and Barbara Bonsignore, the Public Policy Director of Michigan AAUW.
Michigan may have to reapply for a waiver to get relief from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate that all students be proficient on state tests by 2014. New waiver request forms are due Nov. 14; approval can be expected as early as January 2012. A second round of waivers is due February 2012.
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) criticized the Republican’s fall agenda as a “divisive and ill-conceived social agenda that again will do nothing to help get people back to work.”
With a 4-2 vote, the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee adopted HB 4052 today and moved one step closer to restricting our rights to freedom of speech and association. The bill now goes to the full House.
At a televised town hall meeting in Grand Rapids, Gov. Snyder repeated his message that Right to Work isn't on his agenda but this time in what in response to a question about Rep. Richardville's "right to teach" legislation.
With the Legislature back in session, they are wasting no time pushing their so-called “education reform” agenda.
Today, Senate Republicans introduced a package of seven bills focusing on the expansion of charter schools, school choice, dual enrollment, and cyber schools; privatization of instructional staff; and siphoning of school aid funds to nonpublic school students.
For the second time in a week, the university refused to come to the table to bargain with faculty. With the start of classes at stake last week, the university told faculty bargainers that they would not negotiate unless the faculty agreed to their proposals.
New standards being pushed by the Michigan Department of Education could mean 200 public schools would lose their state accreditation. With the proposed changes, school accreditation would be tied to standardized test scores.