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ALERT: GOP Legislature in Michigan Considering Legislation to Harm Teacher Education Programs

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'The Michigan House of Representatives is poised to pass a package of bills targeting teacher education programs in the state. If these bills move forward, teacher education in the state would be damaged, perhaps beyond repair.  House Bill 5599: would link teacher ed program approval to the effectiveness of their graduates in the schools by instituting a 'warranty' program. While this may sound like a good idea in theory, it equates the process of education to that of a business transaction.Further, the MDE has stats that indicate fewer than 1% of MI teachers receive a rating of 'ineffective' each year--suggesting that a 'warranty' program like the one here may be a solution in search of a problem.Evidence suggest that most teachers who struggle in the classroom do so as a result of a lack of adequate administrative support and mentorship--not inadequate preparation.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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