State Supt. Brian Whiston is seeking input on making Michigan a Top 10 education state over the next ten years. In the Superintendent’s ‘Back to School’ podcast, he announced that the MDE has set up both a web page and email account to accept submissions/suggestions from anyone who would like to give input on what it will take to make Michigan a Top Ten State for Education in the next ten years.
Superintendent Whiston, we thought you would never ask!
There are so many things that could be done to improve public education in Michigan. We’re fighting funding cuts, for-profit charter schools leeching students and funding from real public schools while for-profit charter school managers embezzle and defraud taxpayers. Now we have another cry for school vouchers, which are illegal in the state and have proven to be devastating in other states.
Most of all, Superintendent Whiston needs to take the time to listen to teachers. Our education professionals are not being heard with the many concerns and frustrations they have working in public schools. The same people pushing for more for-profit charters and vouchers that are designed solely to eliminate real public education are behind the teacher bashing going on in this country, and especially in Michigan. Teachers want to do the best they can for their students, but they can’t when they’re constantly barraged with unnecessary high-stakes standardized testing and unfair evaluations that don’t begin to truly show the great work they’re doing in the classroom. Kids are more than data.
Here are the four questions the superintendent would like addressed:
Here is your chance to let the new superintendent know what he needs to do to help public education stay public.