Details of Governor Snyder's Education Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Highlights of changes Gov. Rick Snyder called for Wednesday in his education address:
--Create the new Michigan Office of Great Start -- Early Childhood through an executive order to consolidate existing early childhood programs and resources now spread across different state agencies.
--Tie statewide school funding to students' academic growth, not just whether they take up a seat at school.
--In the 2012-13 school year, give districts a bonus beyond their per-student funding for demonstrating student growth in reading, math and other subjects selected by the Michigan Department of Education. Also give districts a bonus if teachers and other school personnel pay at least 20 percent of their health care premiums.
--Require each school to have a "dashboard" showing how the school is doing on student testing, annual progress and stopping bullying.
--Pass a state law requiring every school district have an anti-bullying policy.
--Maintain the statewide cap limiting the number of charter schools, but allow an unlimited number of charter schools in districts with at least one failing school.
--Pass legislation allowing top-performing charter school boards to oversee more than one school.
--Allow intermediate school districts to bid on any service a local district provides outside the classroom, or allow a local district to bid on any serviced an ISD provides for the entire intermediate school district.
--Pass legislation adopting new student assessment standards that show more accurately how well students are learning.
--Allow students to start taking college classes as early as 9th and 10th grades.
--If a district accepts school of choice students to fill openings, forbid the district from closing admission to students from certain districts.
--Require that every student who wants or needs up to two hours of daily online instruction to receive it.
--Have the Department of Education lay out guidelines for college readiness assessments for students in 9th and 10th grades.
--Require community colleges and universities to more easily accept each other's credits.
--Require lengthier training for education majors in college and require them to pass a basic skills and subject matter tests before they do their student teaching.
--Designate excellent teachers as master teachers, giving them more pay and the ability to mentor other teachers.
--Stop paying teachers more simply because they have a master's degree.
--Award tenure to new teachers only after they demonstrate they were effective for three consecutive years in a five-year period. Experienced teachers who were determined to be ineffective through annual appraisals would be put on probation and could lose their tenure if they received a second consecutive ineffective rating. They then could be dismissed or kept on for a third year at the district's discretion.
--Require that all annual teacher appraisals be based 40 percent on student achievement growth.
--Pass legislation that allows school districts to look at teacher effectiveness and not just seniority in teacher layoffs, and require the consent of a school principal before a teacher could "bump" into his or her school.
--Encourage all public schools to participate in the Gallup Student Poll to see what students say about education.

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