The federal government has relaxed some of Michigan's requirements under the so-called "No Child Left Behind Act," allowing more flexibility in how local school districts spend federal education dollars, the Michigan Department of Education announced this week.
Jennifer Strickland, a ninth grade language arts teacher at Laingsburg High School and her co-applicant have received a $2,000 “Student Achievement Grant” from the NEA Foundation to create a paperless classroom.
Through her “Login to Learning” program, Strickland’s students will be able to submit writing assignments via Google Docs, peer groups will the writings and teachers will evaluate assignments online. The emphasis on technology will allow Strickland and her colleagues to make class assignments more interactive and allow students to take charge of their learning.
At a time when Lansing politicians are considering numerous “reforms” affecting public education, people need to hear from school employees. After all, Michigan teachers and education support professionals are on the front lines of education, making them the state’s leading experts on education policy.
Fewer than 14 years after the Columbine tragedy, the events last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., have once again brought school violence into the national discussion. MEA Voice is seeking letters to the editor from MEA members on the topic of school safety.