MEA launches statewide radio ad in support of common-sense tenure reform

EAST LANSING, Mich., June 29, 2011 — The Michigan Education Association released a radio ad this week calling on the state Senate to pass Senate Bill 503, which would make much-needed reforms to teacher tenure while maintaining basic due process and collective bargaining rights for good teachers.

Senate Bill 503, introduced by state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), is a more common-sense and thoughtful approach to tenure reform than the radical legislation passed recently by the state House that would strip away basic rights from teachers. 

“Teachers throughout Michigan support increasing accountability and removing bad teachers from the classroom,” MEA President Iris K. Salters said. “At the same time, tenure reform legislation must protect basic due process and collective bargaining rights to ensure that good teachers can’t be fired without a good reason. Senate Bill 503 takes a balanced, common-sense approach to teacher tenure reform, and the MEA is calling on state Senators to support it.”

TITLE: “Apples”

LENGTH: 60 seconds

AIRING: Statewide

Listen to ad

SCRIPT: “It only takes one bad apple. But there are lots of great apples working in public schools. That’s why Michigan teachers support common-sense reforms that make it easier to get rid of ineffective teachers. No one wants bad teachers in classrooms. Teachers want to be held accountable, along with everyone else in public schools. But teachers shouldn’t be scapegoats, especially when they’re sharing in our state’s sacrifice, paying more out of pocket for everything from classroom supplies to health care. Some politicians are exploiting Michigan’s fiscal crisis to settle political scores, and pushing to eliminate basic collective bargaining rights for teachers. That’s a rotten idea. Let’s defend teachers who give our kids the skills they need to compete for jobs. Support real tenure reform that gets rid of the few bad apples while protecting great teachers from being fired for no good reason. Call your legislator and urge them to support Senate Bill 503. Paid for by the Michigan Education Association,”

Contact: Doug Pratt, Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5566