DETROIT -- Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for allowing unlimited charter schools in failing districts, along with changes aimed at getting ineffective teachers out of Michigan classrooms and allowing more students to attend schools of choice.
During an address Wednesday at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan office in Detroit, the Republican governor says he plans to set up a new office to coordinate early childhood education funding.
He also wants to have lawmakers pass bills that would allow administrators who must lay off teachers to not base layoffs on seniority and require universities with education majors to make sure students are competent.
David Hecker, president of the Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, says he supports many of the changes but has reservations about how teachers are evaluated.