On Tuesday, March 11, MASSP will be hosting its first Legislative Day at the Capitol. This event will give Principals the opportunity to come to Lansing to learn about the legislative process first hand, learn how to be effective advocates, and meet with their local legislators on those issues that are specifically of interest to building level administrators.
On Wednesday, the House Education Committee heard more testimony on legislation to enact the recommendations of the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness. This was the fourth hearing on HB 5223 and 5224 so far, but the path moving forward from here is unclear as the committee chair has indicated that further action on the legislation is on hold pending work by the bill sponsors to resolve stakeholder concerns.
The House Education Committee held its third—and most animated—hearing so far to debate proposed educator evaluation bills. The meeting was made contentious by committee members who challenged opponents of the bills to provide solutions, not just problems; though it was clear that committee members would also like to see some changes to the bills before they are comfortable moving forward.
This week's hearing on legislation to enact a new educator evaluation system for Michigan was livelier than past debates on the bills. Two of the three presenters spoke in favor of the legislation, while the third opposed the bills. Supporters focused on the importance of ensuring a meaningful evaluation for all teachers. The opponent's concerns centered on potential impacts on the state's teacher tenure act. However, while supporters offered specific suggestions they believed would improve the bill, opponents did not.