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Education
11:39 am
Thu May 7, 2015

MI schools face staff shortages as enrollment declines in teacher prep programs

MSU College of Education Dean Don Heller
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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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Education
11:43 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Fewer aspiring teachers pass MI's tougher preparedness test

Corey Drake (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Evaluating teacher effectiveness in Michigan

Under the new proposal from Michigan's Council for Educator Effectiveness, teachers' jobs will depend on evaluations and test scores.
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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.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Performance Pay For Teachers Moves Forward In State House

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

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

State Lawmakers Debate Merit-Based Pay For Teachers

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

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Judge Blocks Full Implementation of Benefits Law

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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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NewsRoom
6:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Governor Signs Pension Law as Court Battle Looms

WKAR file photo

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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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Senate Comes Back to Reconsider Teacher Changes

WKAR file photo

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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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

State Figures: Mich. Retains More Veteran Teachers

WKAR File Photo

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

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

MI Budget Czar: Go Slow on Teacher Retirement Changes

WKAR file photo

Michigan's budget director says he doesn't want lawmakers to pass legislation next week putting new teachers into a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Michigan House Panel Changes Teacher Benefits Bill

WKAR file photo

New teachers in Michigan still would get hybrid pensions under changes made to a teacher benefits bill.

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NewsRoom
7:58 am
Mon May 21, 2012

School Employees Would Face Higher Benefits Costs Under House Plan

WKAR File Photo

A state House committee goes to work this morning on a plan that would force teachers and other school employees to pay more for their retirement benefits. 

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NewsRoom
7:16 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Teachers Oppose Proposed Cuts to Pensions, Retirement Health Benefits

Teachers turned out by the hundreds Wednesday to pack a hearing room in Lansing. They showed up to oppose a measure that would force them to pay more for their retirement health care and pension benefits.

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