EAST LANSING, Mich., August 20, 2015 – MEA President Steven Cook praised today’s announcement by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston of plans to reduce student testing in Michigan public schools.
Just as we expected, the Mackinac Center is upping its efforts to get members to leave MEA. They’ve already sent unsolicited messages to members’ computers and phones; now they’re sending postcards explaining their version of MEA members’ “rights” and liability insurance. But also, just as expected, their information isn’t reliable.
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.
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.
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.