A bill to prohibit school calendar and schedule as a bargaining topic is expected to move from a state House committee this week – it’s time to contact your state representatives, and get parents and other interested community members involved.
UPDATE – March 14:
Don’t let the jargon and acronyms scare you away – the big policies behind how schools run in Michigan is under review, and you have two more days to comment on it.
A little more than one year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder announced his plan to form a 21st-Century Education Commission to study ways to improve the state’s education system. Today that group issued its non-binding report.
Almost every year since joining MEA as a Paw Paw school bus driver in 1991, Pat Miller-Coy has entered artwork in the MEA/MAEA Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition.
MEA, AFT Michigan see potential in education commission report – if lawmakers take full slate of recommendations and goals seriously
The 21st Century Education Commission report, released today, provides some stark warning signs about public education and some well thought out ideas for how to address issues. But unless lawmakers take the entire report to heart – instead of cherry-picking concepts to implement – real change won’t be possible.
The 38 schools threatened with closure by the state School Reform Office (SRO) could get a reprieve if they decide to enter into a partnership agreement with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
Many education advocates have expressed concern about a federal bill, H.R. 610, that would implement a nationwide voucher system and repeal nutrition standards for school lunches. However, NEA leadership is recommending our members not give undue attention to the bill, but remain vigilant about the threats that a Trump/DeVos administration mean for public schools nationwide.
A national NAACP task force studying education quality has been traveling the country gathering input from educators, parents, advocates, and policy experts – and the latest stop is Detroit for a hearing Wednesday night.
A bill to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Michigan also would allow parents to opt their students out of any school activity – including classroom tests and assignments – among a number of poorly designed provisions in the proposal.
Editor’s Note: A critical shortage of substitute teachers in Michigan is severely straining school districts across Michigan. Here is one teacher’s detailed accounting of the one-day impact of a missing “guest teacher” in a general education first grade classroom.