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March 24, 2014 via StudentsFirst Michigan

StudentsFirst Michigan- March 2014 Newsletter

A monthly update from StudentsFirst Michigan. Full article

March 12, 2014 via mlive.com

53 comments No Child Left Behind waiver in jeopardy if teacher evaluations not implemented, federal

LANSING -- Michigan could lose its waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements if the state legislature does not adopt proposed changes to the state's teacher evaluation system, U.S. Department of Education officials said in a report. Full article

March 5, 2014 via mlive.com

Michigan Department of Education’s role in teacher evaluation system made clearer in Senate hearing

LANSING -- If approved by lawmakers, the $27.8 million recommended in Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget for teacher evaluations will largely go toward purchasing and training on the systems used to assess how educators are doing in the classroom, Michigan Department of Education officials said Wednesday. Full article

January 14, 2014 via Win 98.5

‘Policy Report Card’ ranks Michigan schools in top ten

LANSING (WKZO) -- Education advocacy group StudentsFirst ranks Michigan in the top ten nationally in its policy report card. Full article

January 14, 2014 via mlive.com

Michigan ranks 9th on StudentsFirst ‘policy report card’ for 2014

LANSING -- Michigan ranked inside the top 10 on the latest "policy report card" from the education advocacy group StudentsFirst, despite receiving low marks for school choice and charter school funding. Full article

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April 15, 2014 posted by Deb Shaughnessy

Teacher Roundtables Offer Tremendous Feedback From Educators

There’s nothing more important to our future success in education than the dedication and noble efforts of Michigan’s educators. Research tells us teacher quality is the most important in-school factor affecting student achievement. Read more

March 18, 2014 posted by Craig Schmidt

Transformation Team Leader – Why I’m working with StudentsFirst

My interest and efforts in school reform are fueled by my belief that our education system is the original and last hope for the salvation of our democracy. Long ago, I read where Thomas Jefferson said the strength of our democracy is dependent on the education of the common man. This was the origin of my belief. Read more

March 6, 2014 posted by Brian L. Love

“Black History Month” Essay Contest WINNER!

Every February our nation honors the history of African-Americans. And while it’s undeniable America has made tremendous strides in advancing equality, much work remains. Read more

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