Bob Kefgen's blog

Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

With the legislature gone until Wednesday, August 15, the political goings-on in Lansing right now are centered on the upcoming August 7 primary election (MAKE SURE TO VOTE!). Education wise, the biggest news is that the Protect Our Jobs group topped the fundraising charts for their ballot proposal trying to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution. The group brought in more than $8 million in contributions in the current quarter and only spent approximately $1.15 million of that, leaving them with $6.91 million cash on hand and more coming in.

Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

MPSERS reform stalled again as the Senate sent SB 1040 to conference committee, creating another delay as House and Senate members will now meet to try and hammer out a compromise version of the legislation.

Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in Five Sentences (or Fewer)

Although no deal has been announced, the rumors around Lansing indicate that a late night session on Wednesday is expected and that Senate leadership and the Governor’s office are pushing to have a final deal on the MPSERS reform bill completed this week.

Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

With the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act and summer election season going full tilt, this week’s big education news got swallowed by other issues. Despite that, MME results released this week show continued improvement statewide in students’ performance on the exam. The Michigan Department of Education focused its message on the overall improvement while Education Trust Midwest put out a press release pointing out that the achievement gaps grew between white students and African American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged students.

Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (of Fewer)

The House Education Subcommittee on Teacher Certification and Continuing Education held their fourth meeting this week to discuss potentially changing the continuing education requirements for obtaining and maintaining a teacher certificate in Michigan. MASSP was on hand to explain that the new teacher certification rules developed by MDE largely addressed the concerns raised by subcommittee members and to answer committee member’s questions about continuing education and professional development.