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DPS to Make One in Five on Its Staff Reapply for Their Jobs

Response due Friday; 40 schools changing

BY CHASTITY PRATT DAWSEY
FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITER

Detroit Public Schools is requiring 2,600 employees -- about one out of every five districtwide -- to reapply for positions just six weeks before the school year is set to begin.

DPS declared the positions at 40 school buildings vacant on Tuesday and said staff had until the end of the week to respond.

The schools -- many of which also are to get new principals -- are being reconstituted because of failure to meet state annual yearly progress standards for several years.

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Bishop Offers to Help Dillon With Health Insurance Proposal

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) has apparently offered to help House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.) with his proposal to have all state and local employees operate with a single health insurance system by starting the proposal in the Senate if needed.

It appears Mr. Dillon has not responded to the offer at this point, a spokesperson for Mr. Bishop said.

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Let Retiring 'Boomers' Transform Schools

Story from eSchool News-- By Laura Devaney, Senior Editor

Millions of accomplished Baby Boomers could drag education into the 21st century – if our schools could just manage to accommodate them

An innovative and potentially ground-breaking approach to 21st
century education is placing baby boomer retirees from STEM fields into
"learning teams" with educators in an attempt to give students
knowledge from real-life science and math experts.

Spearheaded by the National Commission on Teaching and America's
Future (NCTAF), these learning teams pair experienced STEM retirees
with classroom teachers to inject compelling real-life lessons into
classroom instruction, while at the same time giving teachers valuable
support.

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We're Off - SB 698 (CTE)

July 16, 09 - Senate Bill 698 showed its face. This was the result of four months of work with the Governor's office. During all this time we were being battered around by different groups advocating for career pathways, two tracks, one diploma vs. two diplomas, you're either with us or you're our enemy and we will do what every we can to discredit you, and "lowering standards."

SB 698 is intended to clarify. It was pointed out to me that several in the CTE community believed to participate in a CTE program that doesn't meet every Algebra II standard required the student to go through the personal curriculum process. We wanted language that made it very clear that this was not intended in the legislation.

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Now How

On Monday, July 13th, MASSP was pleased to have been included in a research project by Achieve and Education Trust. These two major players in national educational standards were visiting Michigan to interview different players regarding the obstacles to the implementation of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Joining them was Sir Michael Barber, founder and former head of Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit in the UK.