michigan education association http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: MI vets have low benefits, teachers and right to work, snow http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-mi-vets-have-low-benefits-teachers-and-right-work-snow <p><strong>Michigan veterans get little benefits compared to other states</strong></p><p>"This Veterans Day, Michigan has the dubious distinction of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states. Michigan’s more than 650,000 veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits. That's compared with a national average of nearly $5,000 a year," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned">reports.</a></p><p>Click <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned">here </a>to see what Michigan lawmakers are doing to help veterans</p><p><strong>Senate committee will investigate if teachers are following right to work laws</strong></p><p>A new state Senate committee will look at how teacher unions are complying with Michigan’s controversial right-to-work law this week. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131110/NEWS06/311100059/Senate-panel-look-into-how-teachers-union-following-right-work-law">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>The right-to-work laws prohibit the financial contribution to a union as a condition of employment. . . Democrats and officials with the Michigan Education Association call the committee a politically motivated exercise meant to beat up on unions. . . . The Mackinac Center has filed suit with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission on behalf of eight teachers who say they have been unable to leave their union because they didn’t withdraw in August.<br />&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><strong>UP could get 6 inches of snow</strong></p><p>"A cold weather system is bearing down on Lake Superior. . .&nbsp; The weather service forecasts some of the heaviest snow near Munising along the Upper Peninsula's Lake Superior shoreline, with about 4 to 6 inches accumulating by Monday afternoon. One to 3 inches could fall in parts of northern Lower Michigan," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:39:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15217 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: MI vets have low benefits, teachers and right to work, snow 8 teachers named in complaint filed against the Michigan Education Association http://michiganradio.org/post/8-teachers-named-complaint-filed-against-michigan-education-association <p>Michigan’s largest teachers’ union is being accused of trying to intimidate teachers who wanted to leave the union.</p><p>Earlier this month, the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association </a>announced 99% of its members decided to stay in the union, despite Michigan’s new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/right-work">Right-To-Work law.</a></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:16:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 14930 at http://michiganradio.org 8 teachers named in complaint filed against the Michigan Education Association After right-to-work passage, Michigan Education Association retains 99% of members http://michiganradio.org/post/after-right-work-passage-michigan-education-association-retains-99-members <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3b938498-98ed-327d-695b-1c798b7639ab"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The president of the Michigan Education Association, Steve Cook, says the state&rsquo;s new right-to-work law has not put a big dent in the teacher union&rsquo;s membership.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3b938498-98ed-327d-695b-1c798b7639ab"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">According to Cook, who appeared on Michigan Public Television&rsquo;s &ldquo;Off the Record,&rdquo; only 1% opted to stop paying dues during the dropout period. But while Cook says that shows most school employees still support the union, he argues the law made retaining members more expensive.</span></span></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;Between the efforts of right-to-work and the efforts to collect dues, it&rsquo;s been very expensive for the association,&rdquo; Cook said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s taken our focus off other things we would have rather been doing.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">The MEA, along with the American Federation of Teachers, are also defending extended contracts negotiated by some union locals that could delay the effects of right to work for years into the future.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:06:14 +0000 Rick Pluta 14762 at http://michiganradio.org After right-to-work passage, Michigan Education Association retains 99% of members Michigan school district out of money, closes doors today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-out-money-closes-doors-today <p>The financial storm has been brewing at the Buena Vista School District outside of Saginaw for some time, but it came to a head today.</p><p>The Buena Vista School District announced that the school is closed today and that teachers will be laid off.</p><p>A community meeting is expected to be held at 6 p.m tonight.</p><p>The District has faced declining enrollment at a time when public education funds are being cut in the state.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:14:18 +0000 Mark Brush 12445 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan school district out of money, closes doors today National advocacy group ranks Michigan 6th in nation for education policy http://michiganradio.org/post/national-advocacy-group-ranks-michigan-6th-nation-education-policy <p>A national education advocacy group ranks Michigan sixth in the country for education policy.</p><p>The group Students First says the state gets high marks for bills passed in recent years by the Republican-led state Legislature.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>They include measures making it tougher for teachers to be tenured, and teacher evaluations that depend more on student achievement.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But Andy Solon with Students First said the state can do better in some areas.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:30:45 +0000 Jake Neher 10655 at http://michiganradio.org National advocacy group ranks Michigan 6th in nation for education policy Sorting out Michigan's proposed education overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/sorting-out-michigans-proposed-education-overhaul <p>In recent days there has been much made of a proposed overhaul to Michigan’s education system.</p><p>The overhaul consists of three parts:</p><ul><li>two bills currently working their way through the state House and Senate,</li><li>and one draft of a bill that has yet to be introduced.</li></ul><p>The bills are part of a package devised in part by Governor Rick Snyder’s education advisor Richard McLellan in an attempt to achieve the Governor’s goal of providing an “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” learning model.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:22:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10019 at http://michiganradio.org Sorting out Michigan's proposed education overhaul Federal judge may block Michigan teacher union dues law http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-may-block-michigan-teacher-union-dues-law <p>DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer says a Detroit federal judge plans to block a new state law that stops school districts from deducting union dues from paychecks. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:50:55 +0000 The Associated Press 7776 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge may block Michigan teacher union dues law Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-says-scott-recall-election-will-not-be-cancelled-or-postponed <p>The Michigan Supreme Court says it will not stop or postpone a recall election targeting a state lawmaker.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today&rsquo;s&nbsp;decision clears the way for the November 8 vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has spent much of the past month trying to convince the courts to stop next month&rsquo;s recall election.</p><p>With less than two weeks to go before the November 8 vote, the Michigan Supreme Court appears to have had the final word on Scott&rsquo;s request and that word is &lsquo;no&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s been arguing that there was a problem with the way recall petition signatures were collected and that there&rsquo;s been so much confusion around whether the vote would take place,&nbsp;that it would be better to cancel or postpone the recall election.&nbsp;</p><p>But in its order, the state supreme court expresses the hope that <em>&ldquo;officials charged with administering the election in Genesee County will ensure the fullest participation in the electoral process of all citizens.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Michigan Education Association is behind the Scott recall campaign, targeting Scott for his support for cuts in state education spending and anti-union legislation. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:14:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 4704 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-recall-target-wants-move-election-februarys-gop-presidential-primary <p>We may hear as early as today&nbsp;whether a recall election targeting a state Republican lawmaker will be rescheduled from next month to next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative Paul Scott asked the Michigan Supreme Court to order a vote on recalling him from office moved from November 8<sup>th </sup>to next February.&nbsp;</p><p>Next month&rsquo;s recall has been bouncing around the courts this month as Scott has tried to get the entire recall election cancelled.&nbsp;&nbsp; A judge did issue a temporary injunction stopping the vote only to be overruled by the Michigan Supreme Court.&nbsp;&nbsp; In its decision, the high court ruled that judge&#39;s order cancelling the November recall created &lsquo;practical problems&rsquo;,&nbsp; like what to do with absentee ballots that had already been mailed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s attorney is now arguing that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s own ruling is adding to the confusion.&nbsp;</p><p>The recall campaign says Scott only wants to reschedule the recall vote to February, so it can be held on the same ballot as the Republican presidential primary.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A spokesman for&nbsp;state House Republicans insists the February date was only proposed since it&rsquo;s the next regularly scheduled election. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4682 at http://michiganradio.org Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-asked-allow-recall-election-take-place <p>The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to stay a lower court ruling and allow Genesee County voters to decide if they want to recall State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, a judge issued a temporary injunction halting next month&rsquo;s recall vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bobbie Walton is with the recall campaign.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s optimistic that the state supreme court will allow the vote to go forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:59:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4630 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-issues-temporary-injunction-stopping-rep-paul-scott-recall <p>A judge in Ingham County has issued a temporary injunction which stops a recall effort against <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=51">State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association. Scott is a supporter of cutting K-12 education funding and legislation which targets teachers unions.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:56:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 4576 at http://michiganradio.org Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall The politics behind right-to-teach http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-look-right-work-public-school-employees <p>The Republican Senate Majority Leader, Randy Richardville, says he favors a right-to-work law that would only apply to teachers and other unionized workers in education. Here to explain the political implications of such a law are former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, Ken Sikkema, and political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, Susan Demas.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:30:39 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 4270 at http://michiganradio.org The politics behind right-to-teach Michigan House says no auto-deduction allowed for teacher union dues http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-says-no-auto-deduction-allowed-teacher-union-dues <p>Today, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation that would keep public schools from automatically deducting union dues from an employee&#39;s paycheck. The vote passed 55-53 and goes onto the Republican-led Senate.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Supporters of the bill say it will put more money in teachers&#39; paychecks, at least up front. Teachers could write checks to unions later to cover their dues.</p><p>Opponents say the proposal is another attempt to weaken teachers&#39; unions and inconvenience teachers in the state.</p><p>A separate proposal that could soon come up in the Michigan Legislature would make Michigan a so-called &quot;right to teach&quot; state.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/readarticle.asp?id=7837&amp;District=63">released a statement</a> about the bill, saying that the legislation &quot;empowers school employees.&quot;:</p><blockquote><p><span>We are hearing from teachers, in particular, who are not happy with how union leaders are using their dues. Because that has led to disagreement, we need to make sure our public schools stay out of the middle of collecting union dues.</span></p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.mea.org/house-passes-hb-4929">Michigan Education Association</a>, the state&#39;s largest teachers union, says the legislation does nothing to improve education or put money back in members pockets:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This kind of legislation is a blatant example of political payback for our involvement in recall elections.&quot; Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:56:46 +0000 Mark Brush 4174 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House says no auto-deduction allowed for teacher union dues Republicans introduce their education reform effort http://michiganradio.org/post/republicans-introduce-their-education-reform-effort <p>Michigan Republican legislators introduced legislation this week that they say will reform education in Michigan. The legislators call the seven bills they introduced the &quot;Parent Empowerment Education Reform&quot; package.</p><p>The bills have been referred to the Senate Education Committee.</p><p>Eartha Jane Melzer of the <a href="http://michiganmessenger.com/52342/gop-plan-to-privatize-teaching-unprecedented">Michigan Messenger</a> summed up the effort this way:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="http://senate.michigan.gov/committees/Default.aspx?commid=51">seven bill package</a> would remove limits on the number of charter and cyber schools, allow parents and teachers to force schools to convert into charters, and let districts hire teachers through private companies.</p><p>It also imposes new requirements on schools, specifying that students be allowed to simultaneously enroll in high school and college courses beginning in the 9th grade, that schools accept students from out of district, and that services be provided for homeschoolers and private school students.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="http://www.senate.mi.gov/gop/senators/readarticle.asp?id=4253&amp;District=25">statement</a> on his website, State Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair Township), and the chair of the Senate Education Committee said he and his colleagues are following through on Governor Snyder&#39;s request to &quot;expand the schools of choice program, empower parents and ensure that every student has access to a quality education.&quot;</p><p>From Pavlov&#39;s statement:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Every parent in the state wants the very best for their children,&quot; said Pavlov.&nbsp; &quot;Unfortunately, when it comes to educating our kids, adult issues too often get in the way.&nbsp; The Parent Empowerment Education Reform package is about freeing parents to pursue the opportunities that work best for their children and giving schools the freedom they need to innovate and excel.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.mea.org/more-same-senate-introduces-anti-public-education-bills">Michigan Education Association</a> published a statement calling the reforms an &quot;attack on public education&quot; and an attempt to privatize the system:</p><blockquote><p>Many of the concepts introduced in these bills were first mentioned by Gov. Snyder in his education message this spring. But it&#39;s apparent that the attacks on public education continue. None of these bills are meant to improve education. This is more of the same push to destroy public education: schools run by private entities, back-door vouchers, policies based on rhetoric rather than research, and more state mandates -- despite the Republican cut of $1 billion from public schools earlier this year. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:48:06 +0000 Mark Brush 4093 at http://michiganradio.org Republicans introduce their education reform effort Deadline looming for Recall Snyder petition drive http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looming-recall-snyder-petition-drive <p>Time is running out for the organizers of a recall petition against <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Governor Snyder</a> to collect the signatures they need to put the issue on the November ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://firericksnyder.org/">Recall Snyder petition drive</a> has until this Friday to collect more than 800 thousand signatures, so the voters can decide in November if they want to kick the governor out of office. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Those same voters elected Snyder less than a year ago.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3531 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline looming for Recall Snyder petition drive Michigan teachers union to back recall efforts aimed at some Republicans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-teachers-union-back-recall-efforts-aimed-some-republicans <p>The state&rsquo;s largest teachers union says it will put its organizational muscle and money behind efforts to recall some Republican lawmakers.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association&rsquo;s main complaints are cuts to school funding and new tenure rules.</p><p>Tenure rules adopted last week by the Legislature will make it easier for school districts to fire teachers.</p><p>Members of the MEA say they&rsquo;re also angry at efforts to force them to pay more for their benefits. Doug Pratt, MEA spokesman, says the union has tried to work with some lawmakers on spending and education reforms:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Our members across the state as well as the middle class at large have been under attack for six months now,&quot; said Pratt. &quot;And we&rsquo;ve done what we think we can do through the legislative process to reasonably work with people to come up with solutions that move the state forward. That&rsquo;s not happening.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The MEA has 157,000 members and a large political action fund.</p><p>Ari Adler is the spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, one of the targets of a recall campaign:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s not a surprise to hear the MEA is going public with its war on those who are fighting for change in Lansing,&quot; said Adler. &quot;We have known for some time now that they&rsquo;ve been working behind the scenes on recalls and it seems as though they wanted to go public before someone outed them.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>MEA spokesman Pratt says some individual union members were involved early in recall campaigns. Pratt says the MEA has made a strategic decision to not name the lawmakers who will be union recall targets. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 20:49:45 +0000 Rick Pluta 3151 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan teachers union to back recall efforts aimed at some Republicans Teachers' union is trying to change the direction of the legislature's push to alter tenure laws http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-union-trying-change-direction-legislatures-push-alter-tenure-laws <p>The state Senate may soon consider bills to make it easier to fire veteran teachers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The state House has already passed the bills.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:35:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 3050 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers' union is trying to change the direction of the legislature's push to alter tenure laws State House Education committee passes bill to 'decertify' teachers' unions that authorize strikes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-education-committee-passes-bill-decertify-teachers-unions-authorize-strikes <p>The state House Education committee has approved <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ksdrt055z4bxfy55ymsek1a3))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4466">a bill</a> that would decertify a teachers&rsquo; union if the teachers vote to go on strike.&nbsp; Individual teachers could also be fined or fired under the legislation.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s illegal for teachers to strike in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:15:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 2251 at http://michiganradio.org State House Education committee passes bill to 'decertify' teachers' unions that authorize strikes Snyder hopeful teacher union won't call for a strike http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-hopeful-teacher-union-wont-call-strike <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes teachers won&rsquo;t authorize their union to call a statewide strike in response to his budget plans.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association</a> is in the process of collecting answers to a member inquiry.</p><p>The MEA is querying its 155,000 members and 1,100 local bargaining units.</p><p>Union members are mad over Michigan&rsquo;s new emergency manager law that could threaten collective bargaining agreements in financially troubled school districts. And many of them oppose Governor Snyder&rsquo;s proposed big cuts to K-through-12 education and requiring teachers to pay more for their pensions and health coverage.</p><p>The governor says he&rsquo;s confident the controversies will not spill over to classrooms.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We have fabulous teachers in our state and I have confidence that the teachers in our state understand, and really appreciate &ndash; because they&rsquo;re doing it for a living &ndash; that the most important thing in front of them is the students they&rsquo;re teaching, and I don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;ll look at using their students as a pawn in a broader game,&quot; said Snyder.</p></blockquote><p>It is illegal for teachers and other public employees to strike in Michigan, but the MEA says cuts in school funding and rollbacks in collecting bargaining rights may demand drastic actions.</p><p>They&#39;ve asked its bargaining units to authorize job actions that could include picketing or walkouts.</p><p>They expect to have all responses in hand by mid-April. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:48:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 1837 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder hopeful teacher union won't call for a strike Ravitch: School reforms are "tearing education apart and demonizing teachers" http://michiganradio.org/post/ravitch-school-reforms-are-tearing-education-apart-and-demonizing-teachers <p>Diane Ravitch, education historian and author of the book <em>The Death and Life of the Great American School System, </em> spoke at the Novi Sheraton Hotel today at an education symposium about the current state of education and education reform in the country.</p><p>The symposium was co-sponsored by the <a href="http://www.mea.org/bfcl/pdf/030711_education_reform_symposium.pdf">Michigan Education Association</a>.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110307/NEWS06/110307013/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Ravitch had a welcome audience, getting a standing ovation before and after she spoke at the conference...She said national policy makers say they want to reform education. But, what they&rsquo;re really doing &ldquo;is tearing education apart and demonizing teachers.&rdquo;</p><p>She alluded to Detroit as she talked about districts that are eliminating programs, laying off thousands of teachers, getting rid of art education and increasing class sizes, saying it&rsquo;s kids in Detroit &quot;who need much smaller classes.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Ravitch said poverty plays a big role in the success or failure of students in a school system.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/03/diane_ravitch_corporate-driven.html">Grand Rapid Press </a>had more on Ravitch&#39;s talk in which she said the United States is in an age of &quot;national stupidity&quot; in terms of how it views education.</p><p>From the Grand Rapids Press:</p><blockquote><p>Ravich, a former assistant U.S. secretary of education who had a role in developing No Child Left Behind and the charter school movement, renounced both reforms, saying they&#39;ve given way to a culture of incentives and punishments through testing that does little to help students...Ravitch said the country can&#39;t improve schools by constantly cutting budgets and using standardized tests to paint teachers as ineffective in an attempt to &ldquo;de-professionalize&rdquo; the work.</p></blockquote><p>She said that current reforms that rely on test scores are a mistake:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I take standardized test scores with a grain of salt &ndash; make that a ton of salt,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We&#39;ve watched a gaming of the system and an increase in cheating because the stakes are so high.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-03-06-school-testing_N.htm">USA Today</a> and the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110306/NEWS06/103060602/When-test-scores-don-t-add-up-32-metro-Detroit-schools-show-improvements-too-good-true?odyssey=mod|mostcom">Detroit Free Press</a> had stories over the weekend on this very subject. Their investigation showed anomalies in standardized test score results - anomalies that suggest cheating may have taken place.</p><p>Here is a clip of Ravitch talking about education reform and her book on the Daily Show:</p><div style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 520px;"><div style="padding: 4px;"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="." flashvars="" height="242" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:376268" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"></embed><p style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 4px; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><b><a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-3-2011/diane-ravitch">The Daily Show - Diane Ravitch</a></b></p></div></div><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:51:28 +0000 Mark Brush 1536 at http://michiganradio.org Ravitch: School reforms are "tearing education apart and demonizing teachers"