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.