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Rise & Shine: Survey finds Michigan teachers liking their jobs, but dissatisfied with education in Michigan

Good morning!

If you work in a public school in Michigan, this probably comes as no surprise: A lot of educators are dissatisfied with the state of public education.

That was the overwhelming theme from the findings of a large-scale survey of nearly 17,000 Michigan educators — the results of which were released Wednesday.

How dissatisfied? Only a quarter of them would recommend the profession to young people they know.

The results tell us a lot of things we already know. But for the first time, it packages up what we’ve heard for years into actual data.

Educators feel a lack of support and respect, particularly from policy-makers and politicians. Many find fault with the state’s system for evaluating teachers. They say standardized testing isn’t worth the effort, schools aren’t prepared to support students held back by the state’s tough third-grade reading law, and fewer than half of them would rate Michigan schools overall as good or excellent.

Surprisingly, even though educators were largely dissatisfied with the state of public education, a large majority of them were satisfied with their own jobs.

Read my story for more details, and to see actual results.

And keep scrolling below for more Detroit and Michigan education news.

Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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TEACHER FRUSTRATIONS Michigan educators say they’re satisfied with their current jobs, but they’re not happy about the state of education and they wouldn’t urge young folks to go into the profession. Chalkbeat Detroit News Bridge Magazine Michigan Advance

SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE The man who was a finalist in 2017 for the Detroit superintendent’s job is now a candidate for the top job in the largest district in western Michigan. Mlive

SLAMMING POETRY A dozen students from across Detroit will be competing Thursday night for a spot on a youth slam team that will represent the city at a poetry festival this summer. Facebook

TEST CHANGES COMING Michigan’s standardized testing season is around the corner, and for many middle school students, it’ll mean big changes — thanks to this move that’s been hotly debated in the state for a while. Detroit News Michigan Radio

THAT PESKY GAP The achievement gap between rich and poor students won’t budge. Is investing in teachers the answer? Bridge

FEED THE CHILDREN There’s no excuse for Michigan children going hungry, says the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan in this opinion piece. Bridge

SCHOOL CLOSURES A suburban Wayne County school district is poised to close a school due to declining enrollment. Hometown Life

VYING FOR TOP POST We don’t know who applied, but we do know that more than a few dozen people are seeking the state’s top education post. Detroit News

MOM AS A SUB? A new bill would allow family members of students to bypass some of the stricter requirements to be a substitute teacher. Sentinel-Standard

GENEROUS DAD A businessman — and father of a student — has made a big donation to a metro Detroit private school. Oakland Press Crain’s Detroit

STUDENT SUES A former student at a top private school in the region is suing for racial discrimination over a marijuana allegation. Detroit Free Press Detroit News WXYZ

THE SKY ISN’T FALLING School funding in Michigan isn’t declining, asserts the director of education policy at libertarian-leaning Michigan think tank in this opinion piece. Bridge