School reform should be led by teachers: Part 6

In the last part of this summer series, I figure that I would propose a perspective on the way forward. There are growing concerns of teacher shortages nationwide, and fears about how a shortage will impact the overall education of students. In Michigan, certain districts are encountering difficulty to find qualified candidates for specific subjects. … Continue Reading →

Yes, Low Teacher Pay is a Problem in Michigan: Part 2 of 6

One thing seems to be a constant when I speak with teachers from many districts. Salary steps are almost nonexistent as a consistent part the contract. Many teachers in traditional school districts, which typically have a collective bargaining contract, get paid on a salary schedule. It is designed to pay teachers more when they achieve … Continue Reading →

What's stressing our schools: 1st of a 6 part series

Policy and budget changes over the last few years in Michigan have left schools in a more stressful state than before. In this series I plan to lay out perspective of how these changes and other realities impact the quality of education for students. From outsourcing of staff, to unsustainable pay for new teachers, to … Continue Reading →

Early warning system wrong answer to schools with deficits

A recent release form the Michigan Department of Education says that there are 48 school districts running deficits into the new school year. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan advises there needs to be earlier warning signs so authorities can intervene sooner for districts falling financially behind. What this recommendation fails to address is why school seem … Continue Reading →

As a public school teacher, I choose to be in my union

Teacher unions have received their share of accusations just like any other unionized workforce. There has been a push this year to get more teachers to opt out of union membership, which had to be done in August. In my experience, I have seen teacher unions do more to aid in the education of students than … Continue Reading →