reform en Michigan lawmakers address parental involvement, education <p>Michigan lawmakers want legislation in place to improve parental involvement in schools. The lack of involvement is seen as one cause of Michigan&rsquo;s low education scores.</p><p>Representative <a href="">Bob Genetski </a>of Saugatuck is a Republican. He says welfare reform is necessary for education reform.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I believe much more in workfare than in welfare,&rdquo; Genetski said. &ldquo;I think that we need to instill in our kids that nothing comes free and that you earn everything you get.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Representative <a href="">Tim Melton</a> of Auburn Hills is a Democrat. He says <a href=",1607,7-124-5452_7119---,00.html">Child Protective Services</a> should be involved if younger children don&rsquo;t come to school every day.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;These kids are going to end up in the system either way,&rdquo; Melton said. &ldquo;If they&rsquo;re not showing up at school, that&rsquo;s an early warning sign of child neglect.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Melton says Child Protective Services has said they don&rsquo;t have the resources to take this project on.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:52:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3737 at Michigan lawmakers address parental involvement, education Snyder and the Schools <p>There was lots of reaction to Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s special message on education yesterday, some of it within minutes after he stopped speaking. What isn&rsquo;t clear is how many of those doing the reacting had actually listened, or read what he had to say.</p><p>Actually, he proposed a number of things that liberals and&nbsp; progressive education experts should have been happy with. Chief among them was paying more attention to childhood development.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Early childhood is a time of remarkable brain growth that affects a child&rsquo;s development and readiness for school,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>He added that our goal should be to create a &ldquo;coherent system of health and early learning,&rdquo; to nurture and watch over these children from before they are born, through the third grade.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Snyder went on to address the threat of alcoholism and premature birth. Hard to see how progressives could fail to agree.</p><p>But if he is serious, how is he going to pay for any of this? The governor didn&rsquo;t explain that, or offer any new money to accomplish what he wanted done. I expected Democrats to say something like &ldquo;Great ideas. But we don&rsquo;t need more unfunded mandates.&rdquo;</p><p>However, while the Dems bashed the governor, they seemed to virtually ignore his actual education proposals. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:06:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2261 at Snyder and the Schools A closer look at Snyder's education reforms <p>Today, Governor Rick Snyder laid out his plan for education reform in Michigan. All Things Considered Host, Jenn White, sat down with Tom Watkins to discuss the details in Snyder&#39;s plan. Watkins is a Former State Superintendent who is currently a business and educational consultant in the United States and China.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:49:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2245 at A closer look at Snyder's education reforms Snyder to deliver education address today in Detroit <p>Governor Rick Snyder will deliver an address regarding the state&#39;s education system this morning at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan office in Detroit. As the Associated Press reports, an aide to Snyder says the governor will propose tougher education requirements that new Michigan teachers must meet before they can serve in the classroom. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Snyder senior adviser Bill Rustem tells The Associated Press the state is producing more teachers than Michigan needs and can afford to raise standards.</p><p>Under Snyder&#39;s proposal, education majors would have to pass basic skills and subject matter tests before they do their student teaching.</p><p>Now, they can take the tests after they student teach.</p><p>Rustem says the governor also wants Michigan universities that offer teaching degrees to require more instruction and student teaching time. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:51:20 +0000 Zoe Clark 2236 at Snyder to deliver education address today in Detroit Education Reform <p></p><p>The governor is supposed to deliver a major speech on education this week.</p><p>We also don&rsquo;t know what he&rsquo;s going to say, though his spokesperson indicates that he is going to talk about systems of education, and producing results.</p><p>And that much is hopeful. So far, most of the education debate across the state has been over the wrong question.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve been arguing over whether teachers are paid too much and receive benefits that are too generous, and that&rsquo;s not the point.</p><p>Mike Flanagan, state superintendent of public instruction, hasn&rsquo;t said much about policy issues. But his predecessor, Tom Watkins, has been anything but silent. Now a business and education consultant, Watkins says we have seen the enemy, and it is the status quo. &ldquo;We have one chance now to help prepare our kids and our state for the future,&rdquo; he told me. &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s not blow it.&rdquo;</p><p>Watkins, who was pushed out of his job by Jennifer Granholm midway through her administration, is a Democrat who has been cautiously supportive of some of Republican Governor Rick Snyder&lsquo;s initiatives.&nbsp;</p><p>However, when it comes to education, Watkins asked a trillion dollar question in a recent Muskegon Chronicle column:</p><p>&ldquo;If we had just discovered these two Michigan peninsulas, with 1.7 million school-age children, would we re-create the education system that now exists? The answer is a resounding NO!&rdquo;</p><p>He thinks we need to go back to the drawing board. He urges our leaders, &ldquo;Let&lsquo;s live up to our image as an &lsquo;innovation state,&rsquo; one that sets the trend for new ways of doing things, and create new possibilities for learning, with more sense of urgency.&rdquo; Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:57:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2202 at Education Reform Governor to address educators, unveil school reform plans <p>Governor Rick Snyder will address an education conference in East Lansing today. He is expected to call for an across-the-board shakeup in how Michigan prepares students for 21<sup>st</sup> Century jobs.</p><p>Governor Snyder is expected to say Michigan falls short in critical measurements like third grade reading scores, eighth grade math scores, and its number of college graduates. At the same time, his budget plans call for less money for schools and universities.</p><p>Bill Rustem is a senior advisor to the governor. He says education reform can save money, but it needs to start before children are born and continue past high school.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to improve in a way that enables that whole system from pre-natal all the way through college to be a better system producing people who are smarter, better, and able to compete in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Details of the governor&rsquo;s school reform plans will wait until later in the week when he sends an education message to the Legislature. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:42:14 +0000 Rick Pluta 2199 at Governor to address educators, unveil school reform plans Forcing government workers to pay more for health care <p>The <a href=";objectname=2011-SCS-4f57cd8e-aa85-47c3-be61-eb716f4d6389">State Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing committee</a> tomorrow&nbsp;will discuss <a href=";objectname=2011-SB-0007">a bill</a> forcing government workers to pay between 20% to 25% of their health care costs. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:03:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 1748 at Forcing government workers to pay more for health care Snyder to outline government reforms next week <p>Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> says he will outline his proposals to reform Michigan government next week. During his <a href="">State of the State</a> address in January, the governor said he&rsquo;d give specifics on governmental reform in March.</p><p>Governor Snyder told the Associated Press that he hasn&rsquo;t yet set a specific date for next week&#39;s address. The AP reports:</p><blockquote><p>Snyder said Tuesday he wants state and local governments to offer better government accountability and transparency, spend less on employee compensation and share or consolidate more services.</p><p>He has proposed cutting revenue sharing for local governments by $100 million.</p><p>Local officials say the lost funds will force them to lay off police officers and firefighters and drastically cut services.</p></blockquote><p>During his State of the State address, the Governor also said he&rsquo;d deliver a special address on education in April. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:36:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 1656 at Snyder to outline government reforms next week State Board of Ed votes to raise 'cut off' scores on MEAP test <p>The <a href="">state Board of Education</a> voted in favor of <a href="">raising the “cut scores”</a> or cut off scores for what’s considered "proficient" on the state’s standardized <a href=",1607,7-140-22709_31168---,00.html">MEAP</a> test.</p><p><a href="">Susan Dynarski</a> is an education professor at the <a href="">University of Michigan</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"The cut score that the state has defined as indicating proficiency in math is currently set such that 95% of third graders are above that score. By moving up that score, 34 percent of third graders will be defined as proficient."</p></blockquote><p>Dynarski says the new scores will give parents and schools a more accurate representation of how well students are doing and what areas need improvement:<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></p><blockquote><p>"The idea of the cut scores is to provide a signal about what proficiency is and what you should be aiming for, and if you set the bar at a higher level, the idea would be then that they’d be aiming for that higher level."</p></blockquote><p>The new cut scores, which are still to be determined, will go into effect for the 2011-12 school year. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:01:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1210 at State Board of Ed votes to raise 'cut off' scores on MEAP test Autism debate to continue next year <p>It's expected that the debate over whether insurance companies should be required to cover autism treatments for children will continue at the state Capitol next year.</p><p>Legislation that would have required insurance companies to cover autism treatments stalled in the GOP-led state Senate in the <a href="">final hours of the 2009-2010 legislative session</a>.</p><p>Republican Lieutenant Governor-elect <a href="">Brian Calley</a> has an autistic daughter.&nbsp; He's been one of the most vocal proponents of the reforms.&nbsp; Calley said:</p><blockquote><p>Eventually the facts will catch up with the decision-makers and this will happen. I plan to advocate for this starting immediately next year and help education the incoming members, the new members, on this issue, and find a solution for the 15,000 families in Michigan that are struggling through this right now.</p></blockquote><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Calley said he hopes leaders in next year’s Republican-controlled House and Senate will approve the reforms.</font></font> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 11:38:15 +0000 Zoe Clark 465 at Autism debate to continue next year