Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education approved MDE’s waiver application for certain elements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The waiver request primarily focused on state intervention in the poorest performing schools, and we’ve yet to digest the details in this 700-page document (go ahead, download it, we dare you!!). But assuming we can get through this document without falling asleep, we’ll have additional details and commentary next week.
On Tuesday, 9 education stakeholder groups were invited to make presentations to Superintendent Brian Whiston and the State Board of Education on how to make Michigan a “Top Ten State” for education performance. GLEP was pleased to share our recommendations, which focused on shared Vision; expanded Choice; improved Quality and increased Accountability. Other groups will make presentations to the SBE on Tuesday, September 8.
Detroit Teacher Union Fires President; Conn Plans to Sue
Determining that Steve Conn, the narrowly-elected DFT President, is guilty of misconduct in office, the Executive Committee has fired him from his post, effective immediately. As one might expect, Mr. Conn is not going down without a fight and has pledged to sue the union to retain his position. Well, we hope this will keep the union leadership pretty busy and they won’t be as likely to mount any protests or strikes (“work stoppages”) as the new school year begins. That’s good news for students!
Teacher Says “GOP Goons” Made Her Quit
Stephanie Keiles, a Plymouth-Canton teacher, is receiving national media attention for going public with her resignation, claiming that “Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican goons took over Michigan and declared war on teachers,” forcing her to leave the profession. Yet the trouble is the primary assertions in her blog post, especially funding levels for the district and her own “frozen” salary (over $63K) simply aren’t true. Thanks to research conducted by Michigan Capitol Confidential, the truth can be told. We doubt that Diane Ravitch, the Washington Post and the Huntington Post care about the real facts here, but we wanted you to have them. Oh, and she hasn’t actually left the profession, she’s just left the traditional public education system for a teaching position in a private school.
The Michigan legislature was not in session this week, and they are expected back next week. There may be news generating from inside and around the Capitol, but we haven’t been able to track anything down. We’ll keep looking.
Education News Clips
- Despite teacher objections, Utica Community Schools approves new alternative ed program (Macomb Daily)
- Feds give OK to Michigan plan to give schools reprieve (Detroit Free Press)
- Michigan Schools Receive over $12,500 Per Student (Michigan Capitol Confidential)
- 5 Education Questions for the GOP Field (US News & World Reports)
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