educators http://michiganradio.org en Recommendations for state-wide teacher evaluations have been issued http://michiganradio.org/post/recommendations-state-wide-teacher-evaluations-have-been-issued <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How should the job performance of Michigan teachers be evaluated? What should the standard be? Should there be a state-wide common standard used to evaluate teachers?</span></p><p>Those were some of the key questions tackled by the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. The temporary body recently came out with its recommendations for a new statewide teacher evaluation tool.</p><p>The Council is recommending that by 2015-16, half of a teacher’s evaluation should be based on classroom practices and the other half on student growth as determined by scores on tests.</p><p>The panel also is recommending that a teacher be dismissed after two years of ineffective ratings.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:46:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 13965 at http://michiganradio.org Recommendations for state-wide teacher evaluations have been issued Teachers could see freeze on pay & benefits during negotiations http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-could-see-freeze-pay-benefits-during-negotiations <p>A <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28pjj1qa55dfw43o55ndwlnkqe%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4152">bill passed by the Michigan House</a> would freeze educators&rsquo; salaries during contract negotiations.&nbsp; It would require employees (and not their employer) to pay for increases in insurance fees during negotiations. The bill would also ban retroactive bargaining. So if an agreement was reached six months down the road, employees would not be reimbursed for the higher rates they paid.</p><p>Doug Pratt is with the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association</a>. &nbsp;He says the M-E-A wants the Senate to reject the bill.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to see a real conversation in this state about what&rsquo;s driving our financial crises. It&rsquo;s not the compensation we provide to dedicated educators. It&rsquo;s a broken tax structure; it&rsquo;s a failure on the part of our state leaders to make tough choices to invest in the kind of state we all want to live in.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Supporters of the bill say school districts cannot afford to pay the rising benefit costs, nor pay for the raises teachers get with time and experience.</p> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:29:35 +0000 Kyle Norris 1629 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers could see freeze on pay & benefits during negotiations