Tim Melton http://michiganradio.org en Special election planned for Michigan House seat http://michiganradio.org/post/special-election-planned-michigan-house-seat <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for a special election to fill a vacancy in the Michigan House left by the departure of Democratic Rep. Tim Melton of Auburn Hills.</p><p>Snyder set primary elections for Nov. 8, if they are needed. The general election will be Feb. 28 to fill the seat for the House&#39;s 29th District. Both dates already are scheduled election days in Michigan.</p><p>Melton resigned effective earlier this month to take a job with StudentsFirst, a national education group. The special election would fill his seat for the remainder of a two-year term that expires at the end of 2012.</p><p>Melton was term-limited and would not have been eligible to seek re-election to the House in 2012. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:06:45 +0000 The Associated Press 4166 at http://michiganradio.org Special election planned for Michigan House seat Democrat leaves Lansing to lobby for school reforms http://michiganradio.org/post/democrat-leaves-lansing-lobby-school-reforms <p>The former state House Education Committee chairman is resigning his office to become a national school reform lobbyist.</p><p>Democratic state Representative <a href="http://029.housedems.com/">Tim Melton</a> (D-Pontiac) will work for the <a href="http://www.studentsfirst.org/#">Students First</a> organization in California starting in early September.</p><p>Students First is an organization headed up by a nationally polarizing figure in education reform, Michelle Rhee.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I&rsquo;ll be helping other state&rsquo;s throughout the country pass reforms similar to the ones we did in Michigan,&quot; said Melton. &quot;The Students First organization is a national grassroots advocacy for school reform. We&rsquo;re going to really try to move the United States and this country forward as far as what the rest of the world&rsquo;s doing on education reform.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Melton says the job will allow him to build on the work he did with the controversial &quot;Race To The Top&quot; legislation he spearheaded in Michigan. &nbsp;</p><p>He is the third state lawmaker in the past couple years to leave office early for a different job. Melton says term limits could make leaving early a trend for politicians.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I&rsquo;ve got two young kids and I guess not knowing what&rsquo;s going to happen after your term is up, and if an opportunity arises that allows you to do the thing that you&rsquo;re really passionate about&mdash;you know, school reform to me is something that is a major issue,&quot; said Melton.</p></blockquote><p>Melton&rsquo;s departure will leave the House with 46 Democrats, to the majority of 63 Republicans. He was known for frequently working with and voting with Republicans.</p><p>He had contemplated a run at a House seat in Congress, but says he has reached the end of his career as an elected official. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:48:20 +0000 Laura Weber 3963 at http://michiganradio.org Democrat leaves Lansing to lobby for school reforms House bill may make student achievement a big part of teacher evaluations http://michiganradio.org/post/house-bill-may-make-student-achievement-big-part-teacher-evaluations <p>All teachers in Michigan may be evaluated based on the success of their students.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the goal of legislation introduced by state representative <a href="http://029.housedems.com/">Tim Melton</a> this week. He wants student achievement to be 50 percent of a teacher&rsquo;s annual evaluation.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:08:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3003 at http://michiganradio.org House bill may make student achievement a big part of teacher evaluations