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Earlier this year, Matinga Ragatz was honored at The White House for the second time. This year, she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame after spending nearly 20 years inspiring students at Grand Ledge High School. 


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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a plan to steer more newly hired school employees into a 401(k)-only retirement benefit instead of one with a pension.

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After months of fighting for a deal, Waverly Community School Teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Teacher Retirement Passes Through Senate And House

Jun 15, 2017
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The latest version of changes to the state’s teacher retirement plan passed full chamber votes Thursday.


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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.

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The union that represents Detroit teachers says it wants to continue negotiations after its executive board rejected a tentative contract agreement with the city's public school district.

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Ask a five year old what they want to be when they grow up and chances are you’ll hear things like a doctor, a teacher, and maybe Batman. Obviously, not many kids grow up to be Batman, but increasingly there are also fewer and fewer growing up to be teachers. Across the country and here in Michigan, the number of students choosing to go into teaching preparation programs is declining.

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What makes the difference between a successful and a struggling student? Research suggests one of the most important factors is the quality of that student’s teachers. And a big part of having effective teachers in the classroom is making sure they’re prepared before they get there. In 2013, as part of an effort to do just that, Michigan toughened teacher certification tests, but a recent Bridge Magazine article found that a majority of aspiring teachers failed the new exam.

Evaluating teacher effectiveness in Michigan

Aug 27, 2013
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In two weeks, Michigan legislators will begin hearings on how to improve teacher evaluations in the state.  They’ll consider a new plan submitted recently by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.  That's an independent body created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature two years ago after the passage of teacher tenure reform in Michigan.

A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers’ pay to student performance.

New teachers in Michigan would be paid based primarily on student growth under a bill in Lansing.

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A judge has temporarily blocked full implementation of a new law requiring Michigan public school employees to pay more for their pensions.

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The return of children to classrooms on Tuesday coincided with Governor Rick Snyder approving some big changes to how teachers will save for retirement.

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Majority Republicans in the Michigan Legislature agree the weight of a $45 billion pension liability for public school employees will crush the system if left untended, but they differ on how to fix it.
 
The Senate is expected to consider a measure Wednesday that could be a compromise, pledging further action after the November election.

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State figures say Michigan schools are retaining more of their veteran K-12 educators, leaving fewer job openings for newcomers.

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