Welcome to the first Monday Moanin in April 2015. Recently I read an impactful blog from Dr. Steve Matthews, Superintendent of Novi Community Schools in suburban Detroit. If you need to understand why education is Michigan is in a crisis, Dr Matthews helps clarify some of the factors leading to this major issue in Michigan. Let me know your thoughts after you read his post:
So you want to kill a profession.
Then you remove revenue control from the budget responsibilities of those at the local level. Then you tell the organization to run like a business which they clearly cannot do because they no longer have control of the revenue. As an example, you could create a system that places the control for revenue in the hands of the state legislature instead of with the local school board or local community.
Then make high stakes employment decisions based on the VAM.
Then you create an accountability system that purports to evaluate the quality of organizations. Then, using this system, rate over 80% of organizations as average or below average, furthering diminishing the respect of the profession.
It’s easy to kill a profession.
All of these things have happened to public schools in Michigan. While I don’t want to believe it, the argument could be made that some people are trying to kill the profession of public school educator in Michigan.
Some might argue that what I should focus on is the students. Student needs are the most important.
But unless you create a meaningful, respected profession – who will teach the students?