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M-STEP Results A Shocking Assessment of Education

Stagnant results highlight up-hill challenge facing our school systems, proves need for K-3 Reading, A-F Accountability and intervention in failing schools

Lansing, MI: The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) today released results from the spring 2016 M-STEP and SAT assessments given to all Michigan students earlier this year.

“Having only one grade and subject where at least 50% of our students are considered proficient is a shocking assessment of the state of education in Michigan,” said Gary Naeyaert, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP).  “In order for Michigan to continue our economic comeback, we simply must do a better job of educating our youth,” Naeyaert continued. Continue reading

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This Week & Next (Aug 26, 2016)

Locals threaten legal action to avoid accountability
You’d have to be living in a cave to not catch the battle brewing over whether failing schools in the state should be closed, which is an option outstate (and a requirement in Detroit) under state law. Despite a call from Governor Snyder to calm down, Chris Wigent, leader of the association representing school superintendents and Don Wotruba, leader of the association representing school boards, announced they will seek any available option, including litigation, to oppose efforts by the State Reform Office to intervene in chronically-failing schools.

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This Week & Next (Aug 19, 2016)

Michigan’s worst schools: To close or not to close?
Last week we told you a battle was brewing over whether failing schools in the state should be closed, which is an option available under state law. Well, the intensity picked up some steam this week. The Detroit News heralded the decision; GLEP’s Gary Naeyaert discussed it on WILS 1320 AM with Dave Akerly, and the following is a sample of media reports from this week:

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Austin: Baker Is Out Of Control

MIRS Newsletter – August 18, 2016: State Board of Education President John AUSTIN said the state’s school reform officer is “out of control” by, at the very least, insinuating in conversations with local school officials that academically low-performing schools will be shut down by June 2017 (See “SRO Mentions Closing Failing Schools As Meetings With Locals Begin,” 8/5/16). Continue reading

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Battle looming on accountability

As we’ve reported, the DPS bailout legislation included clear requirements that chronically failing schools in the city, both traditional and charter, would be closed by the State Reform Office (SRO) if they appeared on the bottom 5% list of schools for 3 consecutive years. With the next “Top-to-Bottom” ranking expecting to be published by September 1st, we’ve seen increased push-back from the traditional school lobby for any consequences for failing schools.  Continue reading

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This Week & Next (Aug 12, 2016)

Battle looming on school accountability
As we’ve reported, the DPS bailout legislation included clear requirements that chronically failing schools in the city, both traditional and charter, would be closed by the State Reform Office (SRO) if they appeared on the bottom 5% list of schools for 3 consecutive years. With the next “Top-to-Bottom” ranking expecting to be published by September 1st, we’ve seen increased push-back from the traditional school lobby for any consequences for failing schools. Continue reading

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41 of 44 GLEP-Endorsed Candidates Win Primary Elections

Education advocacy group pleased with 93% success rate, looking to November
Lansing, MI (August 3, 2016) – The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) announced that 41 of 44 candidates endorsed by the education advocacy group were successful in yesterday’s primary campaigns for the Michigan House of Representatives.
“We’re pleased that so many of our endorsed candidates were successful Campaign-2016yesterday, which proves that Michigan voters are looking for strong advocates for children and school choice in the legislature,” said Gary Naeyaert, GLEP Executive Director.  GLEP-endorsed candidates successful in yesterday’s primary election are as follows:

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This Week & Next (July 29, 2016)

Michigan Primary Election on Tuesday, August 2
All 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives are up for election this year, and we want to make sure you get out and vote in the Tuesday’s Primary Election, where historic voter turnout is usually as low as 20% of all registered voters. Since the vast majority of House elections are determined by results of the primary, this vote really matters.  Before you go to the polls, please review the following 44 incumbents and candidates endorsed by GLEP, as we believe these individuals will stand up for students and families in the legislature. Continue reading

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This Week & Next (July 22, 2016)

State to adopt A-F letter grading accountability system
Kids get letter grades. Soon schools will, too. The Michigan Department of Education is preparing to launch a new accountability system that will call for assigning letter grades of A-F to schools and districts — a system that has been controversial nationwide and is being used in more than a dozen states. The new system will be a far cry from how the state now evaluates schools, using a color-coded system (the “Rainbow Report Card”) — that many describe as confusing to parents and educators. GLEP strongly supports using an A-F system that balances proficiency and individual student growth, and we’re happy to be participating in the Superintendent’s work group here. Continue reading

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This Week & Next: (July 15, 2016)

Lansing “Snooze Fest” as legislature continues summer break
Given that both the Senate and House are on a summer recess that will last until after Labor Day, it’s a slow-moving world in and around Lansing these days. We hope you’ll understand that we’ll have abbreviated versions of our weekly newsletter until the fall, and we might even skip a week or two along the way. But know that TEAM GLEP is busy working to expand school choice by supporting endorsed candidates for the House of Representatives. Be on the lookout for us all over the state (We’ll be easier to spot than Pokemon GO characters)!!
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