teachers

Motorcycle
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Michigan officials are looking for accomplished motorcyclists who could teach others to ride.

Gerald Cohoon former teacher
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It’s commencement season again in Michigan.  Graduation is a time for making important choices about life and career plans.  But  it’s not just students who stand at the crossroads.  Sometimes, teachers find themselves making hard decisions at the end of the school year. The challenge before Michigan is to keep more teachers walking in than walking out.

 


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Public school teachers marched through downtown Lansing Friday.  They delivered a petition against guns in schools to the state Capitol.

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Michigan teachers and school employees celebrated a major victory over the state Wednesday.

Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains the Michigan Supreme Court announced the state has to give back 550 million dollars to school employees.  

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The Michigan Supreme Court says the state must return more than $550 million to school employees who had money deducted for retiree health care.

Some Michigan schools are working to reduce the use of suspensions and expulsions after being cited by the state for using the disciplinary measures on special education students of color more frequently than other groups.

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Earlier this year, Matinga Ragatz was honored at The White House for the second time. This year, she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame after spending nearly 20 years inspiring students at Grand Ledge High School. 


Rick Snyder
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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a plan to steer more newly hired school employees into a 401(k)-only retirement benefit instead of one with a pension.

Teacher
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After months of fighting for a deal, Waverly Community School Teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Teacher Retirement Passes Through Senate And House

Jun 15, 2017
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The latest version of changes to the state’s teacher retirement plan passed full chamber votes Thursday.


Craft in America: Teachers
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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.

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The union that represents Detroit teachers says it wants to continue negotiations after its executive board rejected a tentative contract agreement with the city's public school district.

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Ask a five year old what they want to be when they grow up and chances are you’ll hear things like a doctor, a teacher, and maybe Batman. Obviously, not many kids grow up to be Batman, but increasingly there are also fewer and fewer growing up to be teachers. Across the country and here in Michigan, the number of students choosing to go into teaching preparation programs is declining.

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What makes the difference between a successful and a struggling student? Research suggests one of the most important factors is the quality of that student’s teachers. And a big part of having effective teachers in the classroom is making sure they’re prepared before they get there. In 2013, as part of an effort to do just that, Michigan toughened teacher certification tests, but a recent Bridge Magazine article found that a majority of aspiring teachers failed the new exam.

Evaluating teacher effectiveness in Michigan

Aug 27, 2013
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In two weeks, Michigan legislators will begin hearings on how to improve teacher evaluations in the state.  They’ll consider a new plan submitted recently by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.  That's an independent body created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature two years ago after the passage of teacher tenure reform in Michigan.

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