Bob Kefgen's blog
There were fireworks on Wednesday in the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee when the panel took testimony from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the funding for a new educator evaluation system proposed in Governor Snyder's budget.
The Senate K-12 budget subcommittee took its first testimony Wednesday on a proposed new educator evaluation system and it was clear from the questions asked that the Senate panel is not yet sold on the idea. However, it was also clear that subcommittee members had an incomplete understanding of the recommendation, which has so far only been discussed at length in the House, not in the Senate.
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.