The House and Senate this week passed education funding bills that provide slight increases for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities — but still fall short of providing proper funding for public education.
Leaders from across Michigan are calling on Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislators to invest a newfound budget surplus into public schools, to help make up for the massive cuts previously made to K-12 education.
Passage of a last-minute deficit elimination plan and coordination with the state should allow the Buena Vista School District to reopen as early as Friday, nearly two weeks after the school board shuttered the district’s doors.
In the past decade, virtual education has moved quickly to the top of the K-12 public education reform agenda, with proponents arguing that technology revolutionizes teaching and learning at a reduced cost — despite a lack of substantive research to back up those claims.
The lack of research on virtual teaching and learning led the National Education Policy Center, with funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, to compile the first in a series of objective analyses regarding virtual schools.
Every teacher at Benton Harbor High School will be subject to layoff this summer, and with recent changes in state law, their reinstatement will be based on flawed “performance” measures instead of experience.
Michigan House Republican leaders Tuesday stripped away penalties they earlier inserted into K-12, higher education and community college appropriations bills that would have punished these institutions for legally negotiating “fair share” agreements with their employees.
Two major cases affecting MEA members’ retirement benefits are slowly making their way through the state’s court system, and it’s not yet known when — or if — members will receive refunds of a “retirement tax” imposed upon them by the state Legislature.