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Michigan children are guaranteed a free education, but not necessarily a quality one...

An interesting read regarding what the State Constitution guarantees to students in regards to free education. The question at hand is where the accountability lies. Are our schools failing on the low end because of the lack of funding which plans accountability on the legislature? Or, is this much more systematic as a result of poor governance by the executive branch?


Either way, it is clear that in Michigan right now, the public education system is seemingly deliberately broken and needs an overhaul. Lets start with paying teachers what they are worth and not looking at their career choice as a "Part Time" job due to summers off. I do not know ANY teachers who work only 40 hours a week during the school year and most high school band directors have their summers loaded with Marching Band and Camps and additional duties that in many cases do not provide additional income.


Once we start to pay teachers what they are worth we will have a much better shot of attracting high quality teachers and retaining them, which would allow us more funding to push into ongoing teacher training, rather than continuing new teacher training due to the high teacher burn out rate!


Our state has a ton of remarkable teachers... but the system prevents them from teaching students as individuals. The system says all students need to be at the finish line/standardized test by this date, despite coming into the district at an enormous deficit due to their life experience and prior schooling. The fear of being placed on a state take over list is the driving force behind school discipline and student consequences and in many cases prevents a school from truly adopting building climate and culture...


While going through the Teacher of the Year application process I have learned so much about our public education system. Anyone with students in public schools needs to read the current public education plan to make Michigan a top 10 state for public education in 10 years. There is a ton of information in the plan and much of it seems very thought out. The plan acknowledges that poverty matters, which is most likely the most important piece of the puzzle from my perspective. But it will be the way they address poverty that will determine whether or not they want to fix it. Students born into poverty should not be destined to repeat it and thats what seems to be the story right now...


Sorry for the Sunday morning rant...



http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-children-are-guaranteed-free-education-not-necessarily-quality-one

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