Labor Voices: Whitmer education plan earns high marks

June 20, 2018

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

Michigan’s public education system was the envy of the country. We provided our schools with adequate funding and led the nation in student achievement.  Families relocated to Michigan for good jobs and a great public school system. As recently as 20 years ago, Michigan led Great Lakes states in education funding and student proficiency. 

UPDATE: Legislature approved budget and recessed for summer

Update 6/13: On Tuesday, June 12, the Legislature held its final session day prior to the summer break. The education budget passed, as outlined below – including negative language changes impacting partnership schools and districts. Notably on that front, there was recognition by some that the language and structure of the partnership agreement amendments leaves…

NEWS RELEASE: Educators applaud Whitmer education plan

Joint MEA / AFT Michigan News Release

Since 2011, too many lawmakers have sided with Betsy DeVos to push an education agenda that included slashing school funding and attacking our frontline educators. This approach has left Michigan near the bottom of almost every metric, from literacy to college preparedness.

Gretchen Whitmer’s “Get It Done: Better Schools Now for Michigan Students” plan will counter that damaging agenda by working with educators who know best what students need to succeed.

CALL TO ACTION: Evaluation Bills Stalled

Standardized test scores and other student growth measures are poised to take on even greater significance in Michigan classrooms next fall – if state lawmakers fail to act on proposed legislation before adjourning for the summer.

The percentage of a Michigan teacher’s evaluation that is tied to student test scores will jump to 40 percent from 25 percent currently, unless lawmakers pass House Bill 5707 to stop the mandated increase from going into effect next school year.