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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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Finally, while it's seductive to connect a young teacher's effectiveness in the classroom to the quality of instruction that novice teacher receives in their undergraduate education program, the connection here is much more complicated and complex than that. "Just as K-12 teachers should not be evaluated based on their students' scores on standardized tests (https://theconversation.com/can-it-get-more-absurd-now-music-teachers-are-being-tested-based-on-math-and-reading-scores-47995), teacher educators should not be evaluated based on their students' effectiveness upon entering the profession. Education is a relationship, not a business transaction--and conflating the two does a disservice to all involved."

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