Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:49pm

The Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) special education rule changes did not make it through a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and will have to be reintroduced next year. MDE wanted the rule changes to clarify language and help carry out federal law.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:52pm

How charter management companies spend more than $1 billion dollars in state taxpayer dollars is again the focus of a news article in the Detroit Free Press. "Public money for schools buys private property" uncovers the arrangement National Heritage Academies (NHA) has with its schools. NHA, not the school, owns the school buildings and the contents, even though that's all been purchased with taxpayer money.

Posted on 12/01/14 at 11:59am

The University of Michigan's College of Education received a $1.1 million grant to improve how teachers are trained. U-M will use the money to work with other states to change what's required of new teachers and how they receive mentoring once they're in the classroom. Hopefully, Michigan will be one of those states. 

Posted on 12/04/14 at 12:21pm

In a letter to members of the House of Representatives today, MEA President Steve Cook and AFT-Michigan President David Hecker are urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose HB 5111 if it continues to require retention of third grade students who are not reading at grade level. Both MEA and AFT are instead recommending early intervention with a reading improvement plan that is adequately funded on a long-term basis.

 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:50pm

Too much time and too little money keep most college students from earning a degree in four years according to Complete College America’s report, “4-year degrees now a myth in American higher education.” 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:51pm

Don’t be taken in by a message to “coaches, teachers, and other interested parties” from a “Scholarship Selection Committee” offering scholarships to “Michigan High School Seniors.” MEA is not involved with nor endorses this program.

Say NO to corporate special interests buying elections

In the 6th State House District, Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst -- her organization that led the charge on attacking collective bargaining and due process rights last year -- have spent nearly $40,000 in support of a Democratic representative who voted with them. And they just snuck another $118,000 into the state after the campaign finance reporting deadline, so they could be spending even more.

Vote today--Make a difference

Don't buy into the idea that your vote doesn't count. Your vote is your voice and when we all vote, we send a loud and clear message to politicians and special interest groups who would prefer we stay home tomorrow.

Lists of recommended candidates are available in the Members Only area of www.mea.org. The list represents the voice of MEA members across the state who interviewed the candidates and recommended your support of them because they will stand up for public education, working families and the middle class.

Out-of-State Applicants

The revised school code, effective July 1, 1996, introduced the Temporary Teaching Employment Authorization. This will be issued by the Michigan Department of Education to out-of-state applicants for the purpose of employment before the required teacher tests are passed. Requirements are that applicants:

National Board Certification

"National Board Certification is a way for the teaching profession to define and recognize highly accomplished practice. A certificate awarded by the National Board attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as one who meets high and rigorous professional standards. He or she has demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students' best interests and to act effectively on those judgments." For additional information go to www.nbpts.org.

Certification Nullification

The Revised School Code, effective July 1, 1996, contains a substantially revised section pertaining to certification nullification, the process by which a certified teacher may nullify his or her certificate or nullify one or more endorsements or a grade level certification included in the teaching certificate.

Access your Certification Records Online

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, offers a website which provides a record of educator credential(s) issued to individuals by the Michigan Department of Education.

To access these records, go to http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_57223-247108--,00.html.

Questions about this service may be directed to Roberta Stanley at 517-373-6791 or stanleyr@michigan.gov.

Deadline extended for MIP and Social Justice Institute registration

The chance to save $25 by registering early for the 2012 Minority and Women Leadership Program (MIP) and the Social Justice Institute has been extended to Aug. 10. Until then, the registration fee is $50. After that date, the registration fee increases to $75.

Deadline extended for MIP and Social Justice Institute registration

The chance to save $25 by registering early for the 2012 Minority and Women Leadership Program (MIP) and the Social Justice Institute has been extended to Aug. 10. Until then, the registration fee is $50. After that date, the registration fee increases to $75.

And if you want to save even more, register online at the Members Only site and you’ll only be paying $40 to attend both conferences. You can also download the program.

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Michigan finally gets NCLB waiver

Michigan finally received a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates. In the latest round of announcements, Michigan joins Mississippi, South Carolina and the District of Columbia. So far, 32 states have received waivers with eight states being conditionally approved.

School aid rewrite will change how the pie is sliced

One of Gov. Snyder’s goals in his April 2011 education message was to change how schools are funded and it seems a group he has appointed will help him accomplish that.

Richard McLellan, a former advisor to Gov. John Engler, is leading the group which intends to rewrite the 1979 School Aid Act with the focus on school aid following the student, rather than going to school districts. To accomplish that, the group is determined to make the School Code and the Act work together and incorporate changes that take into consideration “reforms” like unlimited charter schools and cyber schooling. McLellan is a strong supporter of school choice and vouchers. He helped draft the Kids First Yes! ballot proposal in 2000 that would have allowed school vouchers for students who are in supposedly “failing schools.” The proposal was soundly defeated by voters.

In a public hearing last week, McLellan announced the rewrite goal is to “provide more flexibility to families in sending their kids to the school district they wish their child to attend.” The group is getting its inspiration from Snyder’s education message of providing education “any time, any place, any way, any pace.” McLellan doesn’t intend to add any more money to the school aid fund which currently provides $14 billion for education, but instead focus funding based on performance—another item on Snyder’s wish list.

When McLellan took comments from the audience, the theme shifted away from money to how Michigan students are educated. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, a resource for the group, was joined by others who encouraged the group to consider the design of the current education system and decide what a school should look like.

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