A Push for Post-Secondary Education

MEA Vice President Chandra Madafferi on Thursday joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a bipartisan group of lawmakers and state business and education leaders in support of House and Senate bills creating the MI Opportunity Scholarship and Michigan Reconnect Program. Opportunities abound for students and adults who complete skills certification training or obtain community college or…

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MEA calls on Legislature to pass Senate Bill 122, keep broken evaluation system from getting worse

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association today called on lawmakers in the state House to take swift action and pass Senate Bill 122, which would delay a drastic increase in the weight student test scores have on teachers’ evaluations, making the current broken evaluations system worse. “Michigan educators have been demoralized by the current…

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Snow days legislation heads to House floor

The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday amended legislation providing additional snow days for schools due to this year’s extreme weather, sending the bill to the House floor for consideration. HB 4206, which would permanently waive days that schools are closed during a state of emergency declared by the governor, passed out of the…

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Senate passes one-year freeze on evaluation testing increase

On Wednesday, the State Senate unanimously passed SB 122, which delays for one year the implementation of an increase in the percentage of teacher evaluation based on student growth data.  Along with companion legislation – SB 202 , which does the same for administrator evaluation – the bill would mean that the percentage would remain…

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Whitmer Urges ‘Bold Investment’ with Budget Proposal

Michigan’s K-12 public schools would receive a $120-180 per-pupil boost in funding, plus additional aid to support the costlier needs of at-risk, special education, and career/technical students, under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first state budget proposal released today. The governor’s spending blueprint follows the recommendations of several recent studies which examined Michigan’s school funding system and…

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