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I'm an educator, Kalamazoo College alumnus, Democrat, and proud Detroiter! Views here are my own.
Last September, Michigan had 1,529,887 students enrolled in 883 public schools. The state manages 549 “Local Educational Authorities” (LEAs) that are loosely governed by 56 “Intermediate School Districts,” (ISDs) (1). After this week, the number of LEAs will be smaller by 2, as the State of Michigan moved forward with the dissolution of the Buena Vista School…read more »
When Michigan passed its teacher tenure reform bill in 2011, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness was formed to propose a new teacher evaluation system. Yesterday the MCEE released its recommendations calling on the Legislature to pass one of four model teacher and administrator evaluations that would rank individuals as “professional,” “provisional,” or “ineffective” based on classroom…read more »
I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on state budgets over the past few weeks on this blog. That’s because despite questions about student test scores, teacher evaluations, poverty, or the litany of other issues that land on the education spectrum, we will always return to the almighty dollar. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, tax cuts…read more »