Snyder Proposes Sweeping Changes to Education

By: AP
By: AP

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.

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  • by Tammara L Hahs Location: Dimondale on Apr 27, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    We need better schools and a push for better teachers. I think it's a good idea even though most of what Mr. Snyder stand for I don't like and the way he goes about cutting things that are really going to her Michigan more than help it.
  • by Deb Location: usa on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Gov. I am so disapointed in so many ways Now I hear that my grand daughter might have to go to kindergarten and be combined with first graders whom will be much more advanced then her !And it is do to cuts !Come on Gov. lets be real here ,What we need to do is cut the whole Gov.And start over with less pay to you all and no freebies of any sort, You have the money you said so yourself ,when you said you will only take a Dollar .You are putting a damper on education,you are making our prisons less safe with cutting guards,and taking away what we all worked so hard for in this country (respect)Give it back to our ppl Mr. Govenor (give it back )
  • by GonzoG Location: E Lansing on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    All of the 'proposals' are carefully worded Conservative boilerplate to hide the fact that he wishes to completely gut public education so that only those who can afford it will be able to give their children even the most BASIC education. Have NOT figured out what the Conservative advantage is to having a huge mass of the unemployable illiterate, but I'm sure they have plans well drawn out.
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      by sam on Apr 27, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to GonzoG
      the conservative advantage is that the more illiterate you are the easier you can be controlled.
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