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Top 10 Critical Education Issues for 2014

Education Week blogger, Peter DeWitt, is an education writer and a principal on leave from his position in New York. His articles have appeared in state, national and international education journals. His latest blog post reviews what he believes are the most critical issues facing education in 2014 that need our attention.

Michigan leads the nation in hiring of part-time faculty, administration

Increasing tuition, devastating cuts in state aid to higher education, and an increase in student loan debt are not the only problems facing higher education.

Join the NEA Great Public Schools Network as an online leader

What’s your area of expertise? Classroom management? Bilingual education?  Teacher evaluation?

If you’re knowledgeable on these topics and others of interest to educators, then you may be the online leader that the NEA Great Public Schools Network is looking for.

New education group launches website to promote the value of Michigan’s public schools

​The Michigan Public Schools Partnership launched a new website this week to promote the value of public education in Michigan.

Study: Schools’ data-driven programs must be used to support students and teachers, not punish

America’s love for data is nothing new; the real challenge is asking whether the data make sense.

Common Core enjoys strong support from teachers and Michigan voters

The Common Core State Standards have strong support from educators, as more than 75 percent of National Education Association members either support the standards wholeheartedly or with some reservations, according to a new poll released Thursday by the NEA.

Volunteerism from members helps preserve, strengthen public education, Cook says

MEA President Steve Cook urged MEA members to join in their association’s efforts to preserve and strengthen public education in Michigan, and to help ensure that every Michigan child has access to a great public school.

Virtual town hall on panel's educator effectiveness recommendations to be held Aug. 21

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness' recommendations for creating a statewide educator evaluation system will be the topic of a virtual town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from noon-1 p.m. 

State panel issues long-awaited report with teacher evaluation recommendations

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness this week released its long-awaited recommendations to create what it calls a “fair, transparent and feasible” system for evaluating teachers and school administrators.

Legislator’s former teacher doesn’t appreciate her calling him a ‘hog’

Peter F. Siller wrote a letter to state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a former student of his, condemning her for  referring to school employees as “pigs” and “hogs” in a recent floor speech.

When state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons referred to school employees as “pigs” and “hogs” during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 13, she might have expected some backlash — she probably didn’t expect to hear directly from one of her former teachers, however.

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