michigan state board of education http://michiganradio.org en State Board of Education opposes snow-day bill http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-education-opposes-snow-day-bill <p>The State Board of Education is recommending Michigan public school districts add additional days, not additional hours, to the school year to make up for this year’s snow days.<br /><br />Last year, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill allowing districts exceeding the state's snow day limit to add hours to class time instead of extra days.<br /><br />But the law only applied for the 2012-2013 school year.<br /><br />Now legislators in Lansing are trying to extend that option indefinitely with&nbsp;House Bill 5285.<br /><br />State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, a sponsor of the bill, says districts who choose to make up for lost instruction time will have to add a minimum of 30 minutes to the school day.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:14:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16433 at http://michiganradio.org State Board of Education opposes snow-day bill Michigan legislators seeking to create 'Wild West' of unregulated schools? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislators-seeking-create-wild-west-unregulated-schools <p>State Board of Education President John Austin published a commentary in <a href="http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/11/john_austin_new_school_choice.html">MLive</a> yesterday.</p><p>He's raises big concerns over a series of education overhaul bills working their way through Michigan's lame duck legislative session.</p><p>Austin writes these bills have the potential to upend Michigan's public school system.</p><blockquote><p>These would allow a host of new schools and learning venues to be created. Working together, these proposals would replace a coherent education reform strategy—that has enjoyed bipartisan support, with a “Wild West” of unfettered, unregulated new school creation, decoupled from the goal of improving learning and student outcomes.</p><p>If implemented, it could erode or destroy completely our current public schools and education system in favor of a chaotic, often for-profit-provided education marketplace.</p><p>This legislation creates an unlimited and largely unregulated marketplace of new online schools, for-profit-run schools, schools run by businesses, universities, community organizations, and municipal governments. It would allow new authorizers to create schools in any location, for any reason, with little oversight.</p></blockquote><p>If the bills aim to create a robust school choice marketplace, Austin writes, then the bills should explicitly say this.</p><p>He says debate should then occur as to whether all families in Michigan would truly have access to all the options.</p><p>The bills he's questioning are <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%283lpopvmxtwf0re451mbn5cav%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2012-HB-6004">HB 6004</a>, <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28eknrowes33j1ja552c2qk445%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2012-SB-1358">SB 1358</a>, and a "yet to be introduced financing bill." Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:26:27 +0000 Mark Brush 9976 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan legislators seeking to create 'Wild West' of unregulated schools? Governor’s annual education summit to meet in East Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-s-annual-education-summit-meet-east-lansing <p>State officials, teachers, school administrators and researchers will mingle today at a day-long education conference in East Lansing. This will be the 17<sup>th</sup> annual Governor&rsquo;s Education Summit.</p><p>Last year, Governor Rick Snyder called for an overhaul of education and how teachers do their jobs.</p><p>A lot of the sessions will focus on flexibility in classrooms and helping teachers and students meet new performance expectations. Also, strategies to create an education system that starts with pre-school and continues through college or job training.</p><p>Democrat John Austin is the president of the Michigan State Board of Education. He says Michigan needs to do a better job of making education past high school accessible and worthwhile.</p><p>&ldquo;We said everybody needs a post-secondary degree, not a high school degree, and we&rsquo;ve been dis-investing in our community colleges and our universities in this state for a dozen years,&quot; Austin says.</p><p>Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will also address the conference on different strategies for improving Michigan schools. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:30:43 +0000 Rick Pluta 7144 at http://michiganradio.org Governor’s annual education summit to meet in East Lansing State Superintendent Mike Flanagan to stay on the job http://michiganradio.org/post/state-superintendent-mike-flanagan-stay-job <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-5373---,00.html">Michigan Board of Education</a> has extended the contract of state Superintendent of Public Instruction <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6526-121770--,00.html">Mike Flanagan</a>, the Associated Press reports. The AP reports:</p><blockquote><p>The decision means Flanagan will remain on the job until 2014. The extension doesn&#39;t come with a salary increase for Flanagan, who currently earns $183,995.</p></blockquote><p>Flanagan was first appointed State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2005. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:31:26 +0000 Zoe Clark 1559 at http://michiganradio.org