The Battle Creek Board of Education voted last Monday to lay off 20 teachers and solicit bids to privatize its transportation services — and then a week later gave the school district’s superintendent a 3-percent raise.
Progress Michigan’s “Pepé Le Voucher” stands with MEA member Rochelle Noel, a school counselor in Livonia Public Schools, at an event Monday in Ypsilanti to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’ secret “skunk works” voucher group.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Michigan on Monday to participate in several media events with Gov. Rick Snyder to promote the governor’s Education Achievement Authority experiment.
The federal government has relaxed some of Michigan's requirements under the so-called "No Child Left Behind Act," allowing more flexibility in how local school districts spend federal education dollars, the Michigan Department of Education announced this week.
Jennifer Strickland, a ninth grade language arts teacher at Laingsburg High School and her co-applicant have received a $2,000 “Student Achievement Grant” from the NEA Foundation to create a paperless classroom.
Through her “Login to Learning” program, Strickland’s students will be able to submit writing assignments via Google Docs, peer groups will the writings and teachers will evaluate assignments online. The emphasis on technology will allow Strickland and her colleagues to make class assignments more interactive and allow students to take charge of their learning.
At a time when Lansing politicians are considering numerous “reforms” affecting public education, people need to hear from school employees. After all, Michigan teachers and education support professionals are on the front lines of education, making them the state’s leading experts on education policy.