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…Details
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.Details
State lawmakers have nearly worked out a budget deal that includes modest funding increases for K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education, but several policy changes – including one to punish so-called “partnership” schools in struggling communities – may be holding up the process and should not be included in the spending plan. Contact your…Details
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.Details
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.Details
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).Details