Tag Archives: Michigan

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

By Dirk Zuschlag New Education Secretary: What Policy?                                                                                                In all likelihood, Betsy DeVos will soon become Secretary of Education. As an earlier Green & Write post has pointed out, DeVos is best known as a very rich, very well-connected champion of school choice and publically-funded vouchers. Remarkably influential in Michigan politics, she has provoked criticism, and… Read More »

Another Reason to Avoid Becoming a Teacher

Another Reason to Avoid Becoming a Teacher

By Amy Auletto The teaching profession is once again under attack as legislation that would prevent new teachers in Michigan from receiving a retirement pension has advanced to a full Senate vote. If approved by the Senate, teachers entering the public school system on or after July 1, 2017 will be forced into a 401… Read More »

New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

By Amy Auletto Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new regulations that will require teacher preparation programs to be more transparent about their effectiveness across a number of measures. According to the ED, these regulations seek to improve outcomes for teacher preparation programs while still affording states the flexibility to determine specifically… Read More »

#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

By Amy Auletto The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently launched a media campaign designed to recognize the work of educators across the state. Referred to as Proud Michigan Educator, this campaign was developed to combat the negative rhetoric surrounding the teaching profession which often blames teachers for the failings of public education and contributes… Read More »

Without State Support, Michigan’s Schools Will Continue to Crumble

Without State Support, Michigan’s Schools Will Continue to Crumble

By Amy Auletto Across the nation, school buildings are aging and in need of significant repairs and renovations. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report in 2014, asserting that 53% of the 1,800 public school buildings they surveyed have repair needs that will require $197 billion to address. That averages out to… Read More »

2015 NAEP Scores: A Look at Performance in the U.S. and Michigan

2015 NAEP Scores: A Look at Performance in the U.S. and Michigan

By David Casalaspi   In late October, the National Center for Education Statistics released the results of the 2015 National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP), a nationally-administered exam often referred to as the “Nation’s Report Card.” The NAEP is administered every two years to a sample of 4th and 8th graders in each state.  Students are tested… Read More »

What to Make of Michigan’s M-STEP Scores

What to Make of Michigan’s M-STEP Scores

By David Casalaspi   On October 27, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released the statewide results of the 2015 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) exams – the state’s new standardized tests. The results were miserable. Only 45% of 6th graders scored proficient in English, 33% of 5th graders scored proficient in mathematics,… Read More »

The Coalition Has Spoken: The Report — Part I

The Coalition Has Spoken: The Report — Part I

By Stefanie Marshall The much-awaited report from The Coalition for the Future Detroit’s Schoolchildren is out, and it is clear that emergency management has not worked for Detroit Schools. This week’s blog will focus on the recommendations of the coalition, while next week, I will highlight interviews with Detroit stakeholders to express their responses to… Read More »