Governor Rick Snyder will deliver an address regarding the state'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:
Snyder senior adviser Bill Rustem tells The Associated Press the state is producing more teachers than Michigan needs and can afford to raise standards.
Under Snyder's proposal, education majors would have to pass basic skills and subject matter tests before they do their student teaching.
Now, they can take the tests after they student teach.
Rustem says the governor also wants Michigan universities that offer teaching degrees to require more instruction and student teaching time.