The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is awarding grants to building level administrators through the “Principal/Assistant Principal Training Program for Conducting Educator Evaluations.” These funds ($1,658,800) are prioritized for districts that elect one of the approved educator evaluation programs recommended by the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE).
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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.