“The students would get more attention,” said a Benton Harbor fifth grader.
A national report predicts more than 56,000 Michigan children will lose child care services, though some experts are less pessimistic.
The year begins with big questions about how Detroit will manage its enrollment challenges and protect students from the impact of budget cuts.
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“Each student has passion and curiosity inside them and I am so honored whenever I can play a small part in igniting these things,” said Matt Vriesman, who teaches at East Kentwood High School.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer described the bills signed Wednesday as an effort to help recruit and retain teachers.
State laws designed to ensure the safety of children in schools went into effect in 2006.
Michigan Teacher of the Year Candice Jackson was inspired to enter the teaching profession after she taught basic accounting lessons to children in the community.
Many Michigan schools are trying different methods to recruit and retain teachers, including increasing compensation and providing development opportunities.
Teach for America Detroit has been expanding its model to include retention and development for several years.