On Tuesday, September 3, nearly 1.5 million students will return to Michigan Public Schools, whether you are ready or not. Each of these students that are in Grades 5-12 will have expanded learning opportunities in the area of online learning. As communicated previously, the School Aid Act (PA 60 of 2013) requires schools to provide any student in Grades 5-12 the opportunity and financial support to take coursework online in order to build upon the mission to provide an “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” public school learning model.
The House Subcommittee on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) wrapped up its forth and final summer hearing this week. All tolled, the subcommittee took 15 hours of testimony this summer. Subcommittee chair Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.) told reporters after the hearing that he expects a vote on the CCSS in the next seven to ten days and that he, for one, plans to vote in support of continuing Common Core implementation. Meanwhile the Senate rescheduled their one and only CCSS hearing to this week, so the fight is not over yet.
An intense six-hour hearing by the House Subcommittee on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was the highlight of political activity in Lansing this week. The subcommittee heard testimony from business leaders, State Board of Education members, anti-CCSS advocates, a host of educators (including two MASSP board members), and a slew of Tea Party activists.
The Michigan Council on Educators Effectiveness released its much-anticipated final recommendations this week. Lawmakers are saying the report may be the subject of hearings as soon as August. Meanwhile, the Common Core debate marches on with the special House subcommittee formed to review Michigan's participation in the standards scheduled to hold its second hearing next week. Four speakers are slated for the hearing—two in support and two opposed—including Dr.
This morning the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) released a long awaited report with its final recommendations for educator evaluations in Michigan. The report is 152 pages in its entirety with pages 1-34 containing recommendations regarding teacher and administrator evaluation inclusive of observation practices and student growth.