Michigan education policy
Law has the backing of business groups, but critics worry about tradeoffs
Lawmakers also consider subsidizing tuition for education majors who agree to stay in Michigan
The legislation is one part of a strategy to alleviate a growing teacher shortage in many districts
The legislation is expected to pass out of the Republican-controlled legislature, but faces likely opposition from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Road gets more challenging for initiative to award tax credits for scholarships to private school
An increase in the number of test-takers and a decrease in schools’ leniency could lead to more retentions.
Circulators said that the issue would go to a vote, even though it will likely be approved by the legislature without ever appearing on a ballot.
Giving high school students an early look at what it would be like to be at the front of the room — ‘warts and all’
Critics worry about technical education crowding out cultural studies
More than 60% of Michigan’s teaching workforce is over the age of 40, and the pipeline of new candidates is running low.
Staff shortages are overwhelming the system. One center has 258 families on a waiting list.
Next step: Negotiations with senators who budgeted $2 billion less.
The measure would require districts receiving state aid to prohibit boys from competing on girls’ sports teams.
Lawmakers propose waivers on third-grade reading law, teacher evaluation formula
Michigan schools received $6 billion in federal COVID relief money to help students and staff recovery from the pandemic.
Schools have a lot of flexibility in using the influx of federal money — and just a few years to spend it.
Results of Michigan tests can influence college admissions, teacher evaluations, and whether third graders are promoted.
Michigan House lawmakers want schools to have health centers, lockdown kits, updated active-shooter drills, and more.
Homelessness among children: Treat the trauma and support students, rather than impose discipline, researchers say.
Supporters say the essay doesn’t measure students’ abilities and that including scores on transcripts could negatively affect admissions considerations at test-optional colleges.
The legislation would reduce the current one-year wait time and eliminate financial penalties for earning too much.
Advocates: There is a waiting list of 150 school districts that need funding to create school-based health centers
Hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding are at stake, including an estimated $40 million per year for schools.
The legislation would require teachers to publicly post lesson plans and other materials online by the first day of the school year.
Detroit superintendent says funding is helpful but the real problem is a testing shortage.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to use a budget surplus and COVID relief money to help schools recover from the pandemic.
Whitmer budget proposes teacher bonuses, K-12 and preschool increases, and student mental health funds
Michigan’s strong financial position doesn’t mean the Republican-controlled Legislature is likely to go along with the Democratic governor’s election-year budget goals
Critics say it would siphon money from public schools and violate the state constitution.
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