school teachers http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-may-23rd-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All this week, we've been digging into the causes, and perhaps solutions, to the financial troubles facing our schools. As Michigan Radio has been reporting, some 50 public school districts across our state are facing deep deficits. And, for the first time in Ann Arbor history, the school district may have to lay off 50 teachers.</span></p><p>Today we focused on teacher salaries. Just what should determine teacher pay in Michigan?</p><p>And, Daniel Howes talked with us about the business community in Detroit.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:04:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 12709 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 Is teacher merit pay what's best for Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/teacher-merit-pay-whats-best-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the 2012-2013 school year winds down, one of the issues occupying the attention of state lawmakers is teacher pay. In essence: what should determine teacher salaries in Michigan?</span></p><p>A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers' pay to student performance. But, as Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher told us, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they're worried the bill would strip away local control.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:13:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 12706 at http://michiganradio.org Is teacher merit pay what's best for Michigan? Performance pay for teachers moves forward in state House http://michiganradio.org/post/performance-pay-teachers-moves-forward-state-house <p>A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers’ pay to student performance. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they’re worried the bill would strip away local control.</p><p>Bill supporters say just because someone has been teaching for a long time, that doesn’t mean they’re a great teacher. They say educators should be paid more if their students are making progress, and less if they’re not.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:13:27 +0000 Jake Neher 12697 at http://michiganradio.org Performance pay for teachers moves forward in state House In this morning's news: the state of Detroit, school closings, and a teacher performance bill http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-state-detroit-school-closings-and-teacher-performance-bill <p><strong>Detroit is worse off than we thought</strong></p><p>"Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager is painting a bleak financial picture. Kevyn Orr's first report says Detroit's net cash position was negative $162 million as of April 26 and that the projected budget deficit is expected to reach $386 million in less than two months. That's more than the city's estimate" <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/report-detroits-finances-crumbling-future-bleak">reports</a> the Associated Press.</p><p><strong>Pontiac schools might be saved; no such luck for Buena Vista</strong></p><p>The state is expected to release a payment as soon as today that will keep the Pontiac school district from declaring bankruptcy according to a letter sent to the district last week by the state Department of Education.<br><br>"There is still no plan to get 400 kids in the Buena Vista district back to school. Buena Vista closed its doors abruptly after losing a monthly payment because the district owes the state money. " Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/second-michigan-school-district-could-close-its-doors">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>A new bill would reward teacher performance</strong></p><p>"Michigan teachers' performance in the classroom would play a bigger role in the amount they get in their paychecks under a proposal being debated in the state House. Supporters argue that rewarding teachers who perform better and moving away from a system that rewards seniority will improve teachers and benefit students"<a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/05/michigan_lawmakers_debate_teac.html#incart_river"> </a><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130512/NEWS06/305120118/Michigan-teacher-performance-pay-debate">reports </a>the Associated Press.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 13:14:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12534 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: the state of Detroit, school closings, and a teacher performance bill Grading how school districts rate their teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/grading-how-school-districts-rate-their-teachers <p>A new report suggests school districts in Michigan are not doing a good job of evaluating their teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom. A state law passed in 2011 requires districts to evaluate teachers, and rate them as highly effective, effective, minimally effective, or ineffective.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:23:52 +0000 Sarah Hulett 9167 at http://michiganradio.org Grading how school districts rate their teachers Michigan Senate approves healthcare changes for teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-approves-healthcare-changes-teachers <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has approved a compromise bill that would end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees and require current workers to pay more for their pensions.</p><p>The measure passed Wednesday includes further study of a plan sought by some in the Republican majority to push new hires into a 401 (k)-style plan.</p><p>State officials say the proposal reduces by at least $15 billion a roughly $45 billion liability on the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. That comes partly from the state putting $130 million toward retirement costs that school districts are facing.</p><p>A version of the bill was previously passed by the House. That chamber is expected to approve the Senate measure.</p><p>The legislation would then head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:51:07 +0000 The Associated Press 8685 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate approves healthcare changes for teachers School unions file federal lawsuit to stop Michigan law blocking payroll deduction of union dues http://michiganradio.org/post/school-unions-file-federal-lawsuit-stop-michigan-law-blocking-payroll-deduction-union-dues <p>Four Michigan unions are asking a federal judge to strike down <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(31hadvjaw5k4g055adt2n0em))/documents/2011-2012/publicact/htm/2012-pa-0053.htm">a new state law </a>barring school districts from collecting union dues through payroll deduction.&nbsp; The unions filed the lawsuit today.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:54:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 6908 at http://michiganradio.org School unions file federal lawsuit to stop Michigan law blocking payroll deduction of union dues