education overhaul en Rhee praises Michigan school reform progress <p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Education reform crusader Michelle Rhee says Michigan is making progress toward improving its schools but has more to do.</p><p>Rhee is the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools and founder of an advocacy group called StudentsFirst. She spoke Thursday during the annual Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference at Mackinac Island.</p><p>Rhee is a self-described lifelong Democrat who has clashed with teachers' unions, one of the party's key constituencies. During her speech, she called for honoring the teaching profession but demanding more accountability and rewarding the best teachers with more pay.</p><p>She also supports school voucher programs, which are unpopular with many Democrats who believe they drain money from public schools.</p><p>Rhee praised Michigan's Educational Achievement Authority, which was created to improve the state's lowest-performing schools.</p><p>Watch her speech here (scroll one hour in):</p><p><iframe src=";clip=pla_0937d34d-cd8c-41e1-9d4c-68bd72c0fa19&amp;color=0xe7e7e7&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false&amp;iconColorOver=0x888888&amp;iconColor=0x777777&amp;allowchat=true&amp;height=295&amp;width=480" style="border:0;outline:0" frameborder="0" height="295" scrolling="no" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 30 May 2013 16:53:53 +0000 The Associated Press 12808 at Rhee praises Michigan school reform progress National advocacy group ranks Michigan 6th in nation for 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 National advocacy group ranks Michigan 6th in nation for education policy Michigan's education overhaul: What does 'college-ready' really mean? <p>On Wednesday, we heard Gov. Rick Snyder's chief education advisor say this:</p><p><strong>"We have over 230 schools where zero children were college-ready when they got their high school diplomas," Richard McLellan.</strong></p><p>McLellan was talking to Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra who <a href="">reported</a> on proposed changes to Michigan’s education system.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:18:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10362 at Michigan's education overhaul: What does 'college-ready' really mean? EAA schools miss out on Race to the Top award <p>Michigan's new statewide district for low-performing schools was not a winner in a national competition to share a $400 million prize.&nbsp;<br><br>The&nbsp; Education Achievement Authority was launched just this year in an effort to turn around 15 of the state's lowest-performing schools -- all of them in Detroit. &nbsp;<br><br>So it came as a surprise to Sandra York when the EAA was named a finalist in the federal government's&nbsp; Race to the Top competition.<br><br>York is executive director of the Michigan PTA.<br> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:41:22 +0000 Rina Miller 10342 at EAA schools miss out on Race to the Top award Debate heating up over expansion of state's school 'turnaround' district <p>State lawmakers are mulling over a number of bills that would overhaul public education in Michigan.</p><p>One measure would expand a new state-run district meant to turn-around schools with test scores in the bottom five-percent.</p><p>The idea has many public school officials pitted against each other.</p><p>Schools like Detroit's Denby High school are at the center of the debate.</p><p>Last year, it was one of the lowest-performing schools in the Detroit Public Schools system. Now, it’s one of 15 Detroit schools the state oversees through its Education Achievement Authority. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:29:58 +0000 Jake Neher 10230 at Debate heating up over expansion of state's school 'turnaround' district The week in Michigan politics <p>This week in Michigan politics revolves around what bills might be passed during the remaining weeks of the lame duck session. Morning Edition host Christina Shockley and Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessnberry&nbsp; talked about the possibility of passing an <a href="">education overhaul</a> and a <a href="">right-to-work bill.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:15:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 10220 at The week in Michigan politics State lawmakers committed to passing education overhaul by end of the year <p>Republican state lawmakers say they are committed to passing an overhaul to public education in the “lame duck” session.</p><p>Opponents of the bills have been ramping up pressure to hold off until next year.</p><p>The bills include the expansion of a state-run district for struggling schools and a measure seeking to increase school choice.</p><p>House Education Committee Chair Lisa Lyons said the legislation can’t wait.</p><p>“We need to allow these schools and parents and students all the time, as much as possible, to transition and to plan for the education that they are going to receive next fall,” Lyons said.</p><p>A coalition of Michigan public school officials says the legislation would strip local control of schools.</p><p>Supporters say too many schools are failing to provide quality education. They say the measures are the best way to turn that around. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:54:58 +0000 Jake Neher 10212 at State lawmakers committed to passing education overhaul by end of the year Education Achievement Authority selected as finalist in Race to the Top competition <p>The Education Achievement Authority (EAA), Michigan’s new reform school district, has been selected as the state’s only finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District competition.</p><p>The EAA is one of 61 finalists nationwide, competing for close to $400 million in federal funds.</p><p>Tyrone Winfrey is the Chief of Staff for the EAA. He says he's optimistic about snagging the funds.</p><p>"I think we were chosen because it's not a one-size-fits-all model," he said, "and it's basically educating students where they are, individually, within those classrooms."</p><p>If awarded the top prize, $40 million, Winfrey says his district would fund professional development and leadership training for the schools' staff members in order to better prepare students for jobs and college.</p><p>The awards are meant to support locally developed plans to personalize student learning, prepare college-ready students, and close achievement gaps.</p><p>From <a href="">the Department of Education</a>:</p><blockquote><p>“These finalists are setting the curve for the rest of the country with innovative plans to drive education reform in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.</p><p></p><p>“This competition was designed to support local efforts to close the achievement gap and transform the learning environment in a diverse set of districts, but no matter who wins, children across the country will benefit from the clear vision and track records of success demonstrated by these finalists.”</p></blockquote><p>The EAA was instituted in 2011 to operate the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state.</p><p>It began this school year with 15 Detroit schools and is expected to expand statewide. New legislation would cement the reform district into state law.</p><p>It's part of an <a href="">education overhaul</a> being promoted by Governor Snyder.</p><p>Opponents call the new district “impersonal,” saying it would erode local control of schools districts.</p><p>The Department of Education will select 15 to 25 districts for four-year awards ranging from $5 million to $40 million.</p><p>Award winners are expected to be announced by the end of the year.</p><p>- <em>Jordan Wyant and Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:15:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10082 at Education Achievement Authority selected as finalist in Race to the Top competition Sorting out Michigan's 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 Sorting out Michigan's proposed education overhaul