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Jim Speaks up for MMC Math Requirements

The Algebra II mathematics requirement remains a hot topic for Michigan residents.  Jim Ballard and our association were named and quoted a Detroit Free Press article about the upcoming hearing on the Sheltrown Bill.

Judging from the 114 reader reactions, it appears that the readers agree with Jim by overwhelming opposing any attempt to lower the mathematics requirements.  Click here to read the articles comments.  Read at least a few pages of comments to get the general sentiments of the readers.

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Education Alliance


In early August the Michigan Education Alliance meets to establish key topics to be worked on during the school year. The Alliance is made up of executive directors from 16 statewide education associations. These groups are comprised of teacher unions, administrator associations, higher education, charter schools, private schools, parent groups, and the business community. We meet to find those places in education policy where we all agree. Surprisingly, there are several. Upon agreement of the entire group (the vote must be 16-0 for a position to be given) and under the letterhead of the Michigan Education Alliance, policy makers are notified of our joint agreement.

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August Summer Academy Set for Aug. 24th & 25th at Milan High School

Milan High is again hosting a summer academy open to education professionals - teachers, para pros, administrators and curriculum leaders are all invited to attend.

Sessions include:
Session A: Math For All: Algebra & Geometry For All
Milan High had all Freshmen complete Algebra & Geometry, simultaneously, through the year, with a failure rate below 8% - while mastering the new content expectations! The presentation includes the school plan to offer both classes in one year, as well as the instructional plans in these inclusive-based classrooms. (Open to all educators)

Session B: Freshmen Transitions!

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SB 698

August 5, 2009-SB 698 passes out of Senate Education Committees with full support.

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Senate Committee

August 5, 2009 - The Senate Education Committee meets this afternoon. Senate Bill 698, our CTE/Algebra II work is up. Here's what I plan to say.