House passes right-to-work bills; protests in Lansing continue

The state House of Representatives rushed through legislation today making Michigan a so-called “right-to-work” state as more than 10,000 middle-class workers protested outside the Capitol and the governor’s office.

Report cautions against education policies that undermine local control

As Michigan policymakers debate shifting control of schools away from local communities and into the hands of state bureaucrats, a recently released national report shows how over-centralization can hurt students and communities.

Review finds new student survey report not based on sound research

A new review has found student surveys of their teachers can be a useful tool, but a report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that recommends their broader use doesn't provide any methodological or empirical data to back that up.

Enrollment open for E-Dues

The Legislature passed Public Act 53 in March to end the payroll deduction of dues by school districts, which critics say was a cynical move designed to weaken the MEA’s ability to advocate for its members' wages, benefits and working conditions.

PTA responds to 'below the belt' attack by Proposal 2 opponents

The Michigan PTA is slamming back against accusations that it violated its tax-exempt status when it endorsed Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining and the voices of working families.

Some schools object to 'Focus School' label

Being labeled a "Focus School by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is causing pushback from some schools. They claim they're being unfairly labeled as bad and are being forced to spend unnecessary money.

StudentsFirst back with money to defeat Proposal 2

It's been clear throughout this election that shadowy, special interest groups with lots of money have been bankrolling various state candidate elections and ballot proposals. One of those shadowy groups is one we're familiar with in Michigan--StudentsFirst--which donated $500,000 to the campaign to defeat Proposal 2.

MDE considering redefining 'proficient' on standardized tests

With MEAP testing winding down, the Michigan Department of Education is considering giving a break to schools that succeed in helping poor-performing students improve academically by redefining proficiency on state standardized tests.

How public should school employees' evaluations be?

In the name of "education reform," and "accountability," the Legislature decided last year that student standardized test scores had to be a factor in teacher and administration evaluations. Their move is now raising some interesting questions: How public should the information on individual teacher and administrator evaluations be? What is the public entitled to know?

Opposition to Prop 5 coming from all sides

Gov. Snyder was the featured speaker at a Defend Michigan Democracy press conference today opposing Proposal 5, a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3 supermajority to vote on any tax changes. Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) and Rich Studley, President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Conference, along with other Michigan business and community leaders spoke in opposition to the proposal.