State Board of education

Appoints the State Superintendent and is the leadership and general supervisor over all public education, including adult education and state instructional programs, but not institutions of higher education granting baccalaureate degrees. The State Board of Education is the general planning and coordinating body for all public education, including higher education, and shall advise the legislature on the financial requirements of state education.

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Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


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Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

ANSWER: I am fundamentally opposed to charter school's and the state's role in their funding from public school funds.

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

ANSWER: Given that there is home schooling and there are private schools receiving public funds, yes, the SBE should know how many children this involves. At present, if there is no accountability, it is an indication of how public monies are being diverted to private interests, with no controls. I cannot answer the policy question without saying that the very existence of home schooling and private schools are, in large part, a reflection of the deterioration of public schools, primarily in working class and poorer communities. And therefore this is the fundamental problem we to address. Not to accept the status quo, but to address the need for extensive resources for public education.

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

ANSWER: As a candidate with Working Class Party, I think the central strategy to provide every child with a high quality, excellent education is to organize parents, teachers, students, school employees and other members of the communities to fight to demand equitable and high funding. You practically have to be an accountant and a lawyer to follow all of the various studies, sources of funding, etc. But it is evident that in communities which have higher per pupil funding allowances, and higher tax bases, i.e., wealthier communities, that children are doing better. So, monies that presently are diverted from public funds to private interests, like in Detroit, whether it is the future tax dollars pledge to Little Caesar's arena, or Ford Corktown, should go for public education. Many of the strategic goals in the Top 10 in 10 Years are admirable goals, but they all require money, and lots of it. And that's going to take a social movement to fight to take the money the government wastes on corporations, real estate speculators, prisons, and use it for schools that would give every child a chance to develop fully.

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

ANSWER: We live in a class society. A discussion about Career apprenticeships is not held at Country Day, University Liggett, Cranbrook Academy, Roeper, or, for the most part, at schools like Seaholm, or Grosse Pointe North. I think for every child to be fully developed, it includes intellectual,and physical knowledge and skills. It is important that every human being be able to be skilled mentally and physically -- to be able to think, and to be able to understand and carry out physical work that is essential. But the problem I have with Goal 6, is as evidenced by a major article about Detroit public schools that was in the Detroit Free Press this summer: The article lauded the importance of STEM. The importance of career education. And it showed a young black woman laying bricks as illustrating this goal! If goal 6 meant that every child could have the opportunity to be a mathematician or an engineer, rather than a Just-in-time hi-lo driver in an Amazon warehouse who is computer literate, fine. But words like "prepared and quality future workforce" have been used before, to justify that the children of the working class, be tracked into certain jobs, and not have the same opportunities as children from the upper middle and upper classes.


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Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

ANSWER: Public Charter Schools and sponsors in Michigan should have the same accountability requirements as any public educational institution in the state. This also includes management companies that provide services to these Charter Schools. These management companies hide behind their status and the public is never fully informed about the amount of profits being collected. Also, most importantly these schools need to be accountable to the State Board related to where and why they are opening and closing schools. The recent closure in Detroit of a Charter School within a month of the beginning of the year, with little or no notice to parents and students, is an example of the lack of regulation for these schools which have grown in numbers over the past several years.

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

ANSWER: I do believe the State of Michigan should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled and are enrolled in private schools. While these choices are certainly within a parent/caregiver’s right, it is important that we have an accurate number of students who are being educated in the state. Private schools could report student enrollment data through the current pupil accounting system being used by the state. Home school parents could report enrollment to the Intermediate School District’s Pupil Accounting Departments.

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

ANSWER: The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed strategic policies related to support for schools experiencing financial and academic issues. These partnership policies will positively affect low performing schools across the state by utilizing the resources of ISDs, community agencies, local governmental offices along with MDE to assist these districts with evidenced based strategies. This policy should be enlarged to include schools are that demonstrating lower trends in academic performance before they are officially identified as needing assistance

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

ANSWER: Apprenticeships for students who are interested in high skilled technical careers are essential to this goal. We know that a four-year degree, while beneficial, is not necessary for every person. Michigan is currently experiencing a lack of qualified candidates for high skilled technical careers that will pay substantial salaries. Apprenticeships will give students the experience of working with professionals in the field so they will be able to understand the benefits and challenges of the career.


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election. #Vote #Detroit #2018Elections

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election. #Vote #Detroit #2018Elections

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election. #Vote #Detroit #2018Elections

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

ANSWER: The State Board sets policy for all public schools in Michigan, including charter schools. Just as local districts are accountable their local elected boards, so charter schools are accountable to their boards appointed by a Michigan public university or community college, and are further accountable to the charter contract made with that public university/community college. I favor modifying requirements for schools with a distinctive methodological approach or curriculum emphasis, like world languages, or fine arts. Cyber schools which provide instruction without supervision should not receive the full tuition funding of traditional brick & mortar schools.

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

ANSWER: I believe this data can be collected without infringing on rights to privacy. But this is a peripheral issue compared with providing quality education for the students who are enrolled in our public schools, where absenteeism is sometimes a serious problem.

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

ANSWER: The late Superintendent Brian Whiston implemented a shift in MDE culture from compliance demanding to assistance offering. Several low-performing districts/schools have made progress with this more positive approach. A culture of learning is being implemented in our schools in general with master teachers serving to coach other teachers and coordinate professional review of students performance in light of test item analysis. One of the districts making marked progress is the Detroit Community Public School District under Dr. Vitti. An additional factor is that within ten years all our public school students will be of comparable age with students in other states. Until last year, MIchigan students began Kindergarten turning 5 December 1 while all other states required students to turn 5 September, or in some cases, August 1. This meant that Michigan students began schooling 5% younger than pupils in the states they were being compared to.

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

ANSWER: Apprenticeships are an effective means of teaching skills and applying classroom learning in concrete situations. Adult behaviors and attitudes are frequently reinforced in the apprentice setting. The Governor's Marshall Plan for Talent promotes education/business consortia to develop apprenticeship programs.



This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER


Q1. Charter Schools

Question: What should be the State Board of Education’s relationship, role and oversight of charter schools and charter sponsors, if any at all?

NO ANSWER

Q2. Home Schools and Private Schools

QUESTION: Both home school and private school enrollment totals are not reported to the State of Michigan. Do you believe the State Board of Education should know how many Michigan children are being home schooled or in private schools? If yes, how should this policy operate?

NO ANSWER

Q3. Strategic Plan

QUESTION: Michigan wants to be a top ten state for education in ten years and has created a 7 point plan to reach that goal. What strategic policies can Michigan already point to as beneficial efforts that need to be enlarged and/or mandated for greater educational success? Link to plan: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/_MDE_Goals_and_Strategies_2-8-16_514042_7.pdf

NO ANSWER

Q4. Apprenticeships

QUESTION: Goal 6 in that plan seeks to “Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.” Where do apprenticeships, if at all, fit in this goal?

NO ANSWER