Teachers wanted a voice in setting the state’s education agenda. With the Legislature now under Democratic control, four key panels that control education policy and funding will be led by former teachers.
A bipartisan House panel created after the deadly shootings at Oxford High School did not address gun safety in its recommendations because it could not reach consensus. Now, with a Democratic led House and Senate, advocates see an opening.
With Democrats controlling the legislature in January, they could get their wish for greater transparency from for-profit charter school operators. The Democratic majority on the State Board of Education supports such a move.
Democrats could breathe new life into the effort when they take control of the Legislature in January, but the path forward may be complicated by other legislative priorities. The bills include universal screening for K-3 students, specialized instruction and teacher training.
Regional superintendents across the state propose a new, more flexible path for certifying teachers. The plan includes getting future teachers in classrooms earlier in their education and paying them as they teach.
Republican supporters say the law is a valuable reminder of the need for schools to work closely with parents on what’s taught. A Democratic critic called it an election-year stunt that does nothing to improve student learning.
The Democratic governor cites unprecedented investments in public schools during her first term. But her aggressive COVID pandemic policies, including school closures, have fueled conservative attacks on her leadership.
The GOP nominee for governor leans strongly into culture-war issues that are now Republican mainstream, including restrictions on LGBTQ books and critical race theory. Parents, she said, are too often left out of school curriculum decisions.
Superintendents will be counting Michigan students Oct. 5, but many children will be out of school observing a major Jewish holiday. It’s a crucial day for Michigan school districts trying to maximize state funding, but this year it coincides with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year when the observant fast, pray, and abstain from work and school.
Dixon favors school choice and a tougher 3rd-grade reading law, along with culture-war takes on drag queens and transgender sports eligibility. Whitmer supports policies that help retain teachers and provide robust funding for public schools.