Gov. Snyder Stands with Students, Teachers in Signing Educator Evaluation and Support Law

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 103 into law, which will help establish a critical framework for providing Michigan educators with high-quality feedback and support to help improve teaching and learning for Michigan students.

We were proud to stand with the Governor and legislature as Michigan takes an important step toward becoming a top ten education state, recognizing that the critical and challenge work of implementation lies ahead.

Now the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will need to play an unprecedented leadership role in systems change, oversight and ensuring the new system is providing sophisticated feedback to teachers, improving instruction across all districts and dramatically raising student achievement.

Local districts have struggled with developing strong growth data and reliable evaluation ratings. The MDE should fill the expertise void by providing local districts with at least one common reliable growth measure, a voluntary second growth measure that districts can utilize, a rubric that districts can use to help them evaluate educators more fairly and consistently, and training on the use of data and research-based observations.


The leadership of Sen. Phil Pavlov (R, St. Clair Township), Rep. Amanda Price (R, Park Township), Rep. Adam Zemke (D, Ann Arbor), Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R, Portage) and Rep. Lisa Lyons (R, Alto) was critical to the development of the newly proposed system.

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Capitol Update

Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 103 (Pavlov – R), now Public Act 173 of 2015, into law on Thursday, November 5. Read our statement on the enactment of this important legislation.

House Education Committee passed the following legislation on Thursday, November 5:

  • House Bill 4493 (Kesto – R), regarding genocide education curriculum
  • SB 209 (Colbeck – R), regarding instruction on certain US historical information
  • SB 211 (Shirkey – R), regarding instruction of certain American heritage documents

Upcoming Meetings
State Board of Education. Tuesday, November 10 at 9:30am. Ladislaus B. Dobrowski Board Room, Fourth Floor, John A. Hannah Building. The agenda is available here.

House School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee. Tuesday, November 10 at 10:30 am. Room 426 of the State Capitol Building.Agenda:

  • House Fiscal Agency Presentation on the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System (MPSERS)

Senate Education Committee. Tuesday, November 10 at noon. Room 110, Farnum Building. Agenda:

  • HB 4594 and HB 4790 (McBroom – R), regarding the expansion of shared time eligibility to include kindergarten.
  • SB 216 (Robertson – R), regarding “high school equivalency certificates”

House Education Committee and House School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee. Thursday, November 12 at 9 am. Room 519 of the House Office Building. Agenda:

  • Presentation on Education Savings Accounts

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