By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
LANSING — Michigan’s teacher reform laws, which evaluate teachers based on their effectiveness in the classroom and not tenure, could be in jeopardy, at a time when the National Education Association is calling for teachers to improve their profession.
The “Protect Our Jobs” ballot initiative is a constitutional amendment that would give union contracts higher authority than state laws.
Some contracts are filled with provisions that make it difficult to fire or lay off ineffective teachers.
One school district’s contract, for example, required a 13-step process to remove such teachers. Even then-Michigan Education Association President Iris Salters acknowledged that changes needed to be made.