Michigan Public Schools Need Your Voice!



Dear Friends,

The Michigan Department of Education has opened a formal public comment period to take input before it issues an RFP for the state’s next assessment system. From now until August 5th, MDE will be gathering feedback from educators and the public.  It is important that educators from our school communities make their opinions known during this process.

We have had strong guidance from our Tri-County ISDs and their Research and Evaluation Departments. These experts have identified standards and criteria of high quality, balanced assessment systems. 

Those standards and criteria have been incorporated into a communication that we encourage you to send to the Michigan Department of Education. Other organizations are sending testimony that supports one particular product. Tri-County believes that the RFP process should evaluate products against quality standards and choose the one that best meets those standards and our state’s assessment needs. 

Unfortunately, there are usually too few voices heard during these public comment periods, which is why we are making it easier for you to get your voice to MDE. Please click here >TAKE ACTION to send a letter to MDE. We believe it is very important that the process of selecting our next state assessment system be a process that is open, objective and based on best practices – not a lobbying effort for a particular product. Please help us let MDE know that this is what the field is asking of them by clicking on TAKE ACTION.

Prefer to send your own email message? Send to: 2016assessment@michigan.gov

Remember, the formal public comment period ends August 5th, so fast action is needed. Thank you!

Tri-County Alliance for Public Education

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Parents, Educators & Community Members,
This week, the Legislature will vote on school funding budgets for next year’s classrooms. The “Classrooms and Kids” budgetthe only one designed by frontline educators – is the ONLY plan where all kids win.
The “Classrooms and Kids” budget provides a $250-$291 increase in per pupil funding for every student in Michigan – without raising taxes – by eliminating $186 million in spending special pots of money that are unstable and only serve to pick winners and losers among our kids.
In a recently released poll, 75% of voters overwhelming supported the “Classrooms and Kids” budget.  Educators and voters alike support the infusion of more dollars to classrooms, greater flexibility for local schools, and most importantly, the restoring of local control to the K-12 budget process.
We need your help.
Please click on> TAKE ACTION now to tell your legislators to support the “Classrooms and Kids” budget. The plan is simple and doable, and it’s a step in the right direction.

Action Heating Up on EAA Legislation
Please see the following resources:

The plan now being considered by the House of Representatives grades a school’s performance based almost entirely on a single, annual high-stakes test. This is equivalent to grading our police departments based only on the number of arrests made on a single day each year. Can you imagine the perverse incentives created by such a scheme?

HB 5112: The One Test, One Grade Proposal >>




We have just learned that Senate Republicans believe they have reached a deal on House Bill 4369, legislation to expand the number of schools under the EAA.  Despite recent media reports highlighting the mass exodus of students from the EAA, and numerous accounts of its other failures, the Senate Republicans are committed to bailing out the Governor’s turnaround district.


Your Senator is considering a plan that would formalize and increase the influence of a single, statewide school district that will not be accountable to a locally elected school board, but instead appointees of the Governor.


Whose school is next?  Nobody knows, but we certainly do not want it to be yours.  Please TAKE ACTION now to tell your Senator to stop pushing Governor Snyder’s radical education agenda and oppose House Bill 4369 before it is too late.

Your Senator needs to hear from you. The easiest way to share your concerns is to call (http://1.usa.gov/1gW0PS5). If you are unable to call, click any of the TAKE ACTION links above or below to send a direct message to your Senator to stop the expansion of the EAA.
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No, it’s not “bad” teachers or “bad” students or “bad”
parents or “bad” principals.


"A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift
with broad implications for the country."
STAND UP For School Funding
Download flier as a PDF:
(Go to Action Alert at top of this web-page; then click on 'Issues')


Where's the Merit in Merit Pay & Other Reforms?

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with Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch,
Superintendent of Oakland Schools

"Market-oriented education reforms’ rhetoric trumps reality"

 PART 2...
  from Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools 
                                                 from Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools                                            


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