This Week & Next (Mar 7, 2014)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:7 Mar 2014

Appropriations Subcommittees Continue Hearings on FY ’15 School Aid Budget On Wednesday the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid continued their hearings on the FY ‘’15 School Aid Budget, with an emphasis on Educator Evaluations. The only bill pending in

Johnny Still Can’t Read.

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:3 Mar 2014

Well, the 2013 MEAP results have just been published, and how well are our children learning? Starting with the first test administered, which is 3rd grade reading, we see that only 61.3% of 3rd graders are reading at grade level,

This Week & Next (Feb 28, 2014)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:28 Feb 2014

Local School District and Teachers’ Union Break Law to Stop Charter Public Schools It seems the local school board at Clintondale Public Schools has conspired with the MEA to include language in their union contract that prohibits the district from

Staff Expansion at GLEP

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:25 Feb 2014

GLEP today announced a staff expansion as the organization broadens their impact on policy, legislation, communications and political campaigns in Michigan. Cody Bailey, Outreach Director: Cody has previously been a candidate for State Representative, and involved in local, state, and national

This Week & Next (Feb 21, 2014)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:21 Feb 2014

She could have picked any city, but she chose Detroit ICYMI (because we did): Here’s an inspiring Detroit News story about Kyle Smitley, a 29-year old Ohio native who launched Detroit Achievement Academy, a new charter public school. If we

This Week & Next (Feb 14, 2014)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:14 Feb 2014

Happy Valentines Day!!  The week kicked off on Monday with a comprehensive review of school funding by Mitch Bean, former director of the House Fiscal Agency, in which he makes the case that K-12 spending under Governor Snyder has gone up, gone

This Week & Next (Feb 7, 2014)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:7 Feb 2014

Governor Proposes FY ’15 Budget The biggest news this past week was Wednesday’s presentation by Governor Snyder for his proposed executive $52.1 billion state budget.  This the first step in the annual legislative budget process, which will likely conclude in June.

Governor Presents FY ’15 School Aid Budget

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Feb 2014

February 5, 2013 Earlier today Governor Snyder introduced his proposed $52.1 billion FY ’15 state budget, which is the starting point in the annual legislative process to determine overall state spending for the fiscal year that runs from October 1,

This Week & Next (Jan 31, 2014)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:31 Jan 2014

The Nerd vs. Chicken Little!! Kicking off this week it was great to see Governor Snyder address the orchestrated mis-information campaign regarding K-12 funding in the state. Here’s the AP article that made the rounds.  You would think something as

Campaign Year Fuzzy Math

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:29 Jan 2014

You really don’t need to look at the calendar to know it’s a campaign year — now that accusations, counter accusations and tons of “fuzzy math” are being tossed around in Lansing and across the state. The Democratic Governors Association