Michigan Department of Education

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Department of Education is offering an option to help school districts deal with a shortage of special education teachers. 

The MDE will allow a one-year, renewable waiver that enables a district to use special education teachers in a special education classroom even if they don't have the same specialty area.

The goal is to reduce the use of substitute teachers for special education.

Abby Cypher heads the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Snow days may no longer be needed for school districts across Michigan as many students are learning online amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

MLive.com reports that many people wonder if virtual instruction will take the place of snow days since schools are already offering classes online.

WARREN, MI (AP)--   Michigan's declining teacher salaries are leaving many educators feeling undervalued and pushing some to leave the field. 

MLive.com reports that new data from the National Education Association shows Michigan teachers' average salary continued to decrease last year. The labor union says that contributed to a 12% decline over the last decade.

The Michigan Department of Education says the average salary has stagnated since its 2009 peak, at $63,024.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's Board of Education is poised to select the next state superintendent after conducting final interviews with three candidates. 

Board members are expected to reveal their choice at the end of a public meeting Tuesday in Lansing.

State Board of Education in deadlock over gun bills

Nov 15, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The State Board of Education can’t agree on what to do about recent gun legislation. 

There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board, and there must be five “yes” votes in order for any measure to pass. With the partisan gridlock, the board currently can’t come to an agreement on a public position on bills that loosen restrictions on guns in schools.

Bills that recently passed in the state Senate would, among other things, require schools to allow people with a special permit to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan students were less proficient in reading and more proficient in math and social studies in the latest round of statewide standardized tests. 

M-STEP results were released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

They show that English language arts scores worsened in four of the five grades in which students were tested last spring. Math scores improved in four of the five grades from the year before.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Education officials say students will be spending less time taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, this spring.  

Michigan Department of Education spokeswoman Jan Ellis tells the Detroit Free Press that students will spend no more than four to eight hours total on the test, down from seven to 16 hours last year. The change came after complaints about the new exam taking too long, with reports of students being exhausted and school staff being overwhelmed.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Education released a more detailed breakdown of results of the state's new, more rigorous standardized tests, highlighting some of the challenges facing educators in Detroit.  

The Detroit Free Press reports only one fourth-grader in schools run by the Education Achievement Authority passed the math portion.

The district was created to improve academic performance in the worst-performing schools. Overall, 1.2 percent of the students in the district passed in math and 5.6 percent passed in English language arts.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Some who have reviewed the first batch of free, online textbooks commissioned under a Michigan Department of Education grant say they include factual inaccuracies, poor grammar, overgeneralizations, clumsy word choices and cultural insensitivity. 

Columnist Laura Berman with The Detroit News reports the first four books produced in the Michigan Open Book Project were written by Michigan social studies teachers and lack the editing and review used by traditional publishers.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill heading to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature lifts a cap on teacher certification test fees so they can go up for the first time in 23 years.  

The Senate voted 33-4 for the legislation Wednesday.

The current fee is $50 for a basic skills exam and $75 for an elementary certification or subject-area test. The bill doesn't outline new fees but says the state Education Department cannot implement fees exceeding actual costs.