She's not calling it a decrease, instead, Gov. Granholm is pitching her professional development proposal as a shift in focus for educators throughout Michigan.
Currently, educators take time out of the classroom to improve their teaching skills. Gov. Granholm now wants to see some of that time used in the classroom, teaching specific skills, instead.
Moores Park Elementary School is already doing that and is seeing success. Since putting more emphasis on reading and math lessons, students have improved their MEAP scores and Adequate Yearly Progress. At a meeting with staff at the school on Wednesday, Granholm said she wants to take some of their practices and make them common throughout the state as a way to help meet federal education requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The governor says she will meet with other schools to hear what staff is doing to improve student progress. She'll visit Saginaw on Thursday and Detroit and Grand Rapids next week to gather information to take back to the Department of Education.