The Michigan House has passed a school safety plan that would create a statewide school safety commission and provide grant money for schools to improve building security.
A package of bills aimed at improving teacher preparation at Michigan’s colleges and universities awaits passage from the House after emerging from a contentious approval process in the Education Reform Committee.
Just glancing at Facebook pictures yesterday showed the huge number of Michigan educators who participated in #WearRedForPublicEd. Those numbers are sure to grow next Wednesday – and every Wednesday through the end of the school year – as MEA members are asked to wear red to show solidarity for their profession and their students.
The percentage of a Michigan teacher’s evaluation that is tied to student test scores would remain at 25 percent instead of jumping to 40 percent next fall, under legislation recently introduced at the recommendation of MEA.
Bills that would eliminate paid release time for union officials have passed the Senate Education Committee in spite of opposition from numerous school superintendents.
MEA is strongly opposing a bill that would attach A-F letter grades to schools – a move that would only serve to worsen the current over-emphasis on standardized test scores and slap stigmatizing labels on schools in high-need communities.
On Saturday, a coalition of Michigan labor unions and allied groups are organizing a teach-in to highlight the connection between the Labor Movement and Civil Rights. “Labor and Civil Rights: The Tie That Binds” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Northwest Activity Center (18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, 48235).
According to media reports, Gov. Snyder will present an education budget on Wednesday recommending a per pupil increase of more than $233 for next year.
In the face of a growing teacher shortage largely caused by attacks on public education, Michigan Democrats recently unveiled a sweeping plan to restore respect and invest in supports for educators through a variety of avenues – salaries, pensions, health care, and more.
A controversial measure to give enhancement millage money to for-profit charter schools has passed both chambers of the Legislature and awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature. SB 574 was opposed by MEA along with community, school, and parent groups.