A Million Michigan Voices for Public Education

CHARTER SCHOOLS in MICHIGAN

“When Michigan lifted its charter cap, a group of education organizations tried to urge the state to include quality controls. That measure failed in the Republican-dominated legislature. But these advocates are still pushing”…

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Dr. Markavitch’s 2013 Wish List PODCAST

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3 Wishes: Dr. Markavitch gives a brief overview of MI education legislation & reveals her wish list for the new year.

Happy New Year! 

In 2012, with your help, we were able to influence some important legislative policies for public education in Michigan, and that influence was important for our students and schools.

  • The bill to expand the Educational Achievement Authority beyond its intended bottom 5% of schools did not pass; and it was, therefore, not allowed to be used to set up a separate state school system under the authority of the governor.  It will continue to operate under our state superintendent and state board of education.
  • The Parent Trigger bill was not voted in.
  • AND the governor postponed moving forward with his Oxford Foundation plan to drastically alter K-12 public school funding.

None of this would have happened without YOUR VOICES!

I thank you for your voices, and for your continued support.

SO, going forward, what is on my wish list for 2013?  One is that we focus our work in public education on those things that matter most, and that we don’t get misled by political spin to support partisan agendas.  For instance:

  1. If we are going to solve real problems we have to start using real data – like what we might find if we did the adequacy study on school funding recommended by our State Board of Education and State Superintendent.  Michigan needs to understand how best to fund its school districts before anyone tries to overhaul funding for education.
  2. Also, how to satisfy the governor’s “any” plan is a real challenge.  His plan to “unbundle” education like Louisiana has the potential to dismantle our comprehensive community-based system of public education to the detriment of the vast majority of Michigan students.  We must make sure that “any place” and “any time” do NOT become anyhow delivered by anyone.
  3. And finally, I’d really like Michigan to lead our nation in getting all children ready for school by five years of age.  More early childhood education and a fix for our growing poverty problem would be significant in reaching this goal.

We have many points of data that clearly show education in Michigan is moving upward.  Now we have to take care to keep that positive trend going in 2013. We need to expand opportunities for all students while we meet the needs of each student.

My very best wishes for a great New Year of Learning!

Vickie

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RESOURCES

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More information on MI education legislation

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Million Michigan Voices

4 STEPS: HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MICHIGAN

1) CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS in Lansing NOW and let them know what you think about:  a) The Educational Achievement Authority-EAA bill (HB 6004/SB 1358);  b) The Selective Enrollment Schools bill (HB 5923);  c) The Parent Trigger bill (SB 620). HERE’S HOW…

JUST CLICK on the Tri-County Capwiz button below, insert your zipcode, and get immediate access to the names of your Representatives and Senators – along with an automated e-letter to send:

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2) BE INFORMED! DOWNLOAD & SHARE informational HAND-OUTS on the PROPOSED BILLS:

Legislative Alert HB 6004 & SB 1358 – Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) bill

Legislative Alert HB 5923 – Selective Enrollment Schools bill

Legislative Alert SB 620 – Parent Trigger bill

*Read Daily Legislative NEWS ARTICLES compiled by StudentandEducator.org

3) GET IN-PERSON INFO ~ ASK QUESTIONS: Until new meetings are scheduled please listen to the following radio interviews with Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie Markavitch & Colleagues

NPR “Stateside with Cynthia Canty” Radio Interview replay

WDET “Craig Fahle Show: Radio Interview replay

4) GET THE BACK-STORY!

The podcast below contains riveting and important information. Listen and understand what big business wants to do to our public schools (under the guise of “choice”), and how corporate politics would affect your family and community. Michigan children are not corporate products…they are our future.  We hope you will choose to speak up for Michigan’s public education.

CLICK on the IMAGE BELOW to view the podcast

CLICK HERE to VIEW the SUPPORTING DATA (PowerPoint Slides)

Thank you!

 

from Jean MacLeod, Communications/Oakland Schools

AND… MORE about OAKLAND SCHOOLS

Oakland Schools • 2111 Pontiac Lake Road • Waterford, MI 48328-2736 • 248.209.2000

2 comments

  1. Kumudini Sanghvi · · Reply

    We need to do better. Please do not save money and starve our children for food, education and evantully their dignity.

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