This Week & Next (2/17/17)

Legislative subcommittees start FY ’18 school aid budget work
Both the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on School Aid held initial hearings this week to discuss the Governor’s proposed $14.3 billion School Aid Budget for FY ’18.  As mentioned last week, some of the key issues in the proposed budget are:

  • Increasing the minimum foundation grant by $100 to $7,611 per pupil and increasing the basic foundation grant by $50 to $8,279 per pupil, reducing the funding equity gap to $668 per pupil through the 2x formula;

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This Week & Next (2/10/17)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Takes the Helm
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Education Secretary. All GOP members (except 2) voted YES and all DEM members vote NO, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote. The following are a few media stories and editorials from this past week: Continue reading

This Week & Next (Feb 3, 2017)

Betsy DeVos Confirmed by U.S. Senate HELP Committee
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Education Secretary on a straight-party 12-11 vote. Having all GOP members vote YES and all DEM members vote NO continued the hyper-partisan nature of continued attacks from the left and those who oppose her support for school choice. Wednesday and this morning, the Senate cleared the way for a floor vote, which is likely to occur on Monday or Tuesday. The following are a few media stories and editorials from this past week: Continue reading

This Week & Next (Jan 27, 2017)

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Vote on Tuesday
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee has scheduled a confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos to become the next U.S. Education Secretary at 10:00 am in Tuesday, January 31. You can click here to watch the hearing live. As has been the case since she was nominated, this remains a bitter, hyper-partisan process with continued attacks from the left and the teachers unions who oppose Betsy’s support for school choice. The following are a few media stories and editorials from this past week: Continue reading

GLEP Calls for Closure of 38 Chronically-Failing Schools

Putting students first – and state law – requires closure or restructuring for schools on the “Bottom 5%” list for three consecutive years

Lansing, MI – The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) today called for closure of 38 chronically-failing public schools in the state, each of which has been in the lowest performing 5% of all public schools for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The state’s “Top to Bottom” ranking for 2016 was released by the Michigan Department of Education on Friday.

This list includes 25 schools in Detroit (16 DPS, 8 EAA and 1 charter) and 13 outstate schools (12 traditional public and 1 charter). 12 of the 38 schools have been on the lowest-performing 5% list each year since it was created in 2010. Continue reading

This Week & Next (Jan 20, 2017)

Betsy DeVos Pushes School Choice in Confirmation Hearing
We hope you had the chance to watch Betsy DeVos’ 3-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee on Tuesday evening. You can download her prepared remarks here. We think Betsy did extremely well, especially given the hyper-partisan nature of the hearing and continued attacks from the left who oppose her support for school choice. The following are a few media stories and editorials from this past week: Continue reading

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Today

 Show your support for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today during her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee in three easy steps!

  1.  Tune in to the livestream of today’s hearing beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  2.  Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to use #StandWithBetsy
  3. Visit SupportDeVos.com, take action and urge the U.S. Senate to confirm Betsy.

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This Week & Next (Jan 13, 2017)

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Next Tuesday
Unless you’ve been away from civilization for a while, you’re likely aware that Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. Education Secretary before the Senate HELP Committee is slated for 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 17. Click here to watch the hearing online. Despite the unprecedented and bitterly partisan efforts of the far left and the teachers’ unions to oppose her nomination, the following are just a sampling of recent positive media stories and endorsements Betsy has received: Continue reading