We are the Association for Secondary School Principals so much of the conversation in our state surrounding literacy hasn't really been in our purview – this being said, literacy is certainly everyone's issue. Last year, I had the opportunity to hear Professor Nell Duke from the University of Michigan speak about what quality literacy instruction looks like and also the practices that should be abandoned. She reiterated these in this Edutopia article.
The leaders of Michigan’s top education organizations that represent school districts’ leaders and decision-makers today applauded Gov. Snyder’s proposed budget that would pump an additional $325 million into K-12 funding and urged policymakers to protect a secure and reliable funding stream for the School Aid Fund.
“Investment in public education is the smart way to go as we work toward making Michigan a top 10 state for public education,” said Don Wotruba, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards. “This proposal for increasing education funding will benefit our students, our educators, our business community and the future of our state. We plan to work with the Legislature to help make sure this proposal gets all the way through the budget process.”
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos as the nation's Secretary of Education on a vote of 51-50. Vice President Mike Pence was required to break what had initially been a tie.
As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his budget on Wednesday, four Michigan education associations that represent leaders and decision makers in Michigan’s 640 school districts and ISDs have a message for him: make a data-informed decision and invest in public education.