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New DGA ad slams Rick Snyder for cuts to education

For the past few weeks, I’ve been going out twice a week to knock doors for Pam Byrnes, the Democrat running to unseat Tim Walberg, the current Congressman for Michigan’s 7th District. Last week, while speaking to one woman, I asked her, “Can we count on your support for our Democratic candidates this year?” Her response was, “Of course. I’m a teacher.”

Last night, the scene repeated itself. I was speaking to a man on his doorstep and asked him if we could count on his support for our Democratic candidates. His response was nearly the same: “My wife is a teacher.

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UPDATED: Corporate-funded education reform group compares holding for-profit charter schools accountable to racist segregation

SEE UPDATE BELOW

You know the corporate funders driving the push to dismantle and privatize as much of our public school system as they possibly can are freaking out when they do stuff like this tweet from the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP):

You also know they’ve stepped in it when they have to tweet out four explanatory tweets following the tweeted meme explaining themselves.

PRO TIP: If you have to explain your meme, especially if it takes four tweets to do so, you blew it and should just go ahead and delete the damn thing before too many people see just how out of touch you are.…

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SAVE THE DATE: Partnership for Music Ed. Policy Development to host a Music Education Policy Summit on June 14th

Next Saturday, June 14 the Partnership for Music Education Policy Development will host a Music Education Policy Summit from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the campus of Michigan State University at the Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building.

The purpose of the Summit is to examine the most pressing needs regarding music education policy in the state of Michigan. The morning session will focus on policy from a legislative/political perspective. The afternoon session will examine policy from the perspective of the educator. Both sessions will feature guest speakers and a panel discussion with opportunity for questions and dialogue to take place between participants and the Summit attendees.…

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Bad news for Rick Snyder: 69% of Michiganders think his administration is NOT spending enough on schools

Spin all you want, Governor. Voters KNOW.

Rick Snyder and the Michigan Republicans want you to believe that they have done more to help fund education than any ever before in our state. By comparing what they are spending to what the state spent when we were receiving funds from the Stimulus program that offset prior spending, they show you charts and graphs “proving” they have increased per-pupil spending. It’s a shell game that anyone who has any contact with a school district knows is simply untrue. School districts across the state are struggling every single day — just ask your local school board — and our residents know that.…

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INTERVIEW – Former EAA teacher: “I really think that they are being dishonest with the public, teachers, and parents”

One of the recurring themes in the conversations that I have had with various teachers and administrators who work or have worked for the Education Achievement Authority is that when financial benefactors or members of our state government came to visit, the entire school transformed. Schedules were altered, often on the fly, to accommodate the visitors’ schedules. Kids ate lunch very early or very late, and as you’ll learn in this interview, teachers were reassigned from their normal classrooms to pose as teacher’s assistants for other teachers to give the appearance that large classrooms had multiple adults in them even though that was not normally the case.…

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The one reform education in Michigan needs (and it has NOTHING to do with money)

As Gary notes below, this post will be his last at Eclectablog. It’s been a joy to have him writing for the site and sharing his wisdom and insight into the world of an educator who is on the cutting edge of science-based education models and who understands both the benefits and perils of the use of technology in the classroom. We wish Gary, his wife, and their new baby all the best and invite him to come back to share his knowledge with us any time.

- Chris

Note: This month marks the close of my tenure with Eclectablog. I have thoroughly appreciated, enjoyed, and learned from the opportunity to write with this talented and caring team over this past year.

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POLL: Rick Snyder may want you to think he’s supporting education but most people don’t believe it

Republican Governor Rick Snyder is spending an enormous amount of effort trying to convince Michigan residents that he has increased school funding. In reality, it’s true. The state of Michigan is spending a bit more now than when Snyder took office. But that’s only because he includes temporary federal funding as part of the Stimulus spending legislation sent to states to cushion the blow of the Bush Recession as the starting point, funding no longer available. Overall, schools are funded at a lower rate than in the past.

Funny thing: Michiganders know it.

An new Inside Michigan Politics/Lambert, Edwards & Associates/Denno Research poll shows that over half of Michiganders believe that Governor Snyder has decreased spending on schools.…

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BREAKING: House may vote on EAA expansion legislation soon, State Board of Ed President says, “Not the time” (UPDATED x2)

It appears that the state House may vote on HB 4369, legislation that would expand the State school reform/redesign (SSRR) school district (which includes the EAA), today or in the very near future, perhaps even yet today. Word I have been getting is that the bill has changed since the Senate passed it.

In response to this movement, State Board of Education President John Austin and State Board of Education Secretary Dan Varner issued the following statement saying that now is not the time to pass this bill:

Not Time to Pass EAA Expansion Bill

While historically supporting the EAA and hoping to help it succeed, now is not the time to move legislation expanding its scope.

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Upcoming Michigan for Public Education meeting to host three pro-public ed speakers this Friday

In addition to the multiple other education-related events happening in Michigan this week (details on the others HERE), the group Michigan for Public Education is holding its quarterly speakers meeting this Friday, March 14. This event will host three outstanding speakers covering an array of topics related to protecting our public education system in Michigan:

  • David Arsen, Ph.D. from MSU will make a presentation on “School Choice or School Privatization? Finance and Choice in a High Performance State Education System”.
  • Jennifer Smith from Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) will make a presentation on the Stand Up For Public Education campaign that is designed to build a network of groups and individuals as advocates for public education.
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EAA Chancellor Covington “supports” Dept of Education ending exclusivity contract – but won’t let them out of it

On Wednesday of this past week, news broke that State Superintendent Mike Flanagan was ending a 15-year exclusivity contract with the Governor Rick Snyder’s failed experiment with Detroit children known as the Education Achievement Authority. The contract specified that the State School Reform/Redesign District (SSRRD) would only place “low performing” schools in the EAA. By ending that part of the contract, Flanagan has other options (like charter schools, privatizing schools, etc.)

Why the contract was written to give the EAA exclusive control over those “failing” schools is unknown but it was clearly a bad idea. So, it’s understandable why Flanagan wanted out of it.…

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