Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: How advocates are trying to make early education a state policy priority

Good morning!

Now that the new year is off and running, and newly elected lawmakers are finding their bearings in Lansing, lots of groups are angling to put their priorities on the top of the policy agenda. That includes early childhood education advocates who next week plan to bring parents from Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit to the capitol for an“Early Education 101” session with lawmakers. They want to see early childhood programs expand across the state, improve in quality, and become more affordable.

My story yesterday had details about that effort, plus, check out this story from our partners at Bridge Magazine. They made a list of the six different accountability systems that Michigan has used over the past seven years to keep tabs on Michigan schools. It’s hard to keep up!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

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EARLY EDUCATION 101 Lansing veterans are used to seeing busloads of parents arrive to push for K-12 funding or policy changes, but advocates say it has been about a decade since the last coordinated effort to lobby for early childhood education. Chalkbeat

MEASUREMENT MIX Michigan has used six different school accountability systems in the last seven years — with none of them leading to improvement. Bridge Magazine

A-F One newspaper editorial board calls the latest accountability effort — the state’s new A-F law — a “common sense” effort and urged the state education department to drop its opposition. The Detroit News

LAME DUCK An assistant superintendent in western Michigan slammed lawmakers for the “record-setting orgy of excess” during their lame duck session, including the A-F law and a raid on the school aid fund. Bridge Magazine

BULLYING Many school districts are apparently failing to comply with a state law that requires bullying incidents to be reported to the state — and there are wide disparities in which incidents get reported. CapCon

TEACHERS Forty percent of Michigan public school teachers were deemed “highly effective” in the 2017-18 school year. Just 282 of the state’s 99,916 public school teachers were rated “ineffective.” CapCon