Governor Snyder Releases Education Reforms

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

Governor Rick Snyder has said repeatedly that education is a key to re-inventing Michigan. He laid out several new reforms on Wednesday to help education evolve.

"How do we evolve this system in rational fashion to one that is performance based?" Asked Snyder. "To recognize success in the classroom and the performance of teachers and rewarding them."

Many teachers and administrators say they want to evolve. They want to take student achievement to the next level but one big question still remains:

"With the way the governor is emasulating financing with public schools, how is it going to be paid for where's the money going to come from to reward these teachers?" Asked Everett High School teacher Jim Allen.

Iris Salters, president of the Michigan Education Association: "Gov. Snyder proposed 13 pages of ideas -- and expects them to get done while he's cutting more than $800 million from K-12 and higher education. That simply does not make sense."

"Overall I'm positive because a lot of what the governor proposed, we're working on already and seeing tremendous student success," said Stan Kogut, superintendent of the Ingham Intermediate School District.

Kogut is specifically talking about student-targeted instruction --- meeting each student exactly where he or she is and measuring that child's growth. But:

"There's no mention that we're going to give you all the school aid --- that's disappointing that they're raiding the school aid fund," said Kogut. "When I voted for it that was my understanding that the funding would be used for schools, K-12, not for community colleges for higher ed."

The governor not only mentioned merit-based pay or incentivizing quality teachers to stick around, but he also wants to reform tenure ---- making teachers go through a constant evaluation process to ensure quality is intact.

"If a teacher is found ineffective in year, they can start to lose tenure and after two years ... they can be replaced," said Governor Snyder.

The governor announced several more reforms including eliminating the cap on charter schools in failing school districts and broadening the school of choice programs. For more information on the reforms, click on the link listed below.

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  • by Gary on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    So, I guess this will make schools less nepotistic. Let's face it. Schools suffer from the same problems businesses do. People get in power and the surround themselves with others they know they can trust. Although not necessarily that they will do a good job. Usually they want to know they can screw off without getting called out for it. Our schools are a reflection of the communities they are in. The families that send their kids to school want them to fix what they screwed up. Well that ain't going to happen. When parrents can spend more time with the kids, and they spend that time helping them learn to be good educated people, then things will change. Those things are not going to happen with free-falling wages and benefits. Those problems are caused by the Republican policies that put profits above fairness and happiness. Forget all the smoke and mirrors. It's all just a show.
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