Whiston: ‘If the Legislature won’t pass an evaluation bill, we’ll create a plan’

That’s what new State Superintendent Brian Whiston told the State Board of Education yesterday. While the Senate approved SB 103 in May to establish a statewide teacher evaluation system, the House Education Committee took no action before the Legislature adjourned for the summer.

MDE to make its website more accessible under federal directive

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is making its website more accessible to people with disabilities in order to comply with a federal directive. The changes are expected to make it easier, especially for people with visual or hearing impairments to access videos and documents on the site.


Cook: Why prospective teachers shy away from field

When it comes to teachers, parents want the best and the brightest teachers standing in the front of their child’s classroom.

Historically, Michigan public schools have been among the best in the nation. But outstanding public schools are the result of outstanding public school teachers. The vast majority of those highly skilled teachers are products of the colleges of education here in Michigan.


Cook: Pass Prop 1, fix Michigan’s roads

“Michigan’s road quality is among the worst in the nation,” according to a study done by the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration rated Michigan roads 38th among the 50 states.

In the seven years since that federal study, there has been no significant investment in our roads and bridges.

Care to guess where Michigan roads rank in 2015?

We don’t need a new study to answer that question.