Muskegon Area Matters
Michigan's shortage of employees to fill thousands of open, high-paying jobs "is the single greatest threat to the state's continued economic recovery," according to officials in Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered some new details on how she and other cabinet members plan to address gun violence in schools Tuesday, but lawmakers expressed frustration at the lack of explicit policy positions coming from her office.
To improve Michigan's lagging educational outcomes, policy makers must commit to maintaining an assessment tied to high student standards, improve teacher professional development and ensure that schools spend their money effectively.
Michigan had 1,520,065 students enrolled in public schools in fall 2017, down 0.8% from fall 2016, according to state numbers.
MLive has been posting this week about Michigan teacher salaries, including an online database with the average pay in every Michigan school district; listings of the districts with the highest and lowest average salaries, and a post with fast facts about teacher pay.
Our own Senator Goeff Hansen is now serving as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid, and Education. He is a key contact in Lansing regarding school funding.