Teachers' union is trying to change the direction of the legislature's push to alter tenure laws

Jun 28, 2011

The state Senate may soon consider bills to make it easier to fire veteran teachers.   The state House has already passed the bills.  

Gunesha Frederick is a kindergarten teacher in Wayne County.   She and other members of the Michigan Education Association are urging state senators to ignore the House passed bills.  Instead, Frederick supports legislation to turn tenure decisions over to an arbitrator.  

"No one wants a bad teacher in the school system.  You don’t want to teach next to a bad teacher.  You don’t want your child in the room with a bad teacher.  No one wants that.”

Changing Michigan’s tenure laws has been a priority of Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican majorities in the state House and Senate.