I have devoted my life to public education!

I have devoted my life to public education!

Community and common sense

I believe that a quality public education is a right for all children, and a responsibility of the State.

We are in a crisis!
Did you know that multiple State Colleges and Universities are eliminating  their teacher education programs?  Did you know that existing teacher education programs are 30% of what they were only five or six years ago?  Did you know that we are currently experiencing a teacher shortage throughout Michigan?  Did you know that class sizes have increased upwards of 20% in the last 10 years?  Did you know that research shows the BEST education a child can receive is in their PUBLIC SCHOOL?  I live this every day.  By the time our legislators figure out that we are in a real crisis, it will take another two - four years to increase educational funding to a point we are once again recruiting teacher candidates.  Then it will take an additional five years to educate a new teacher.  We are running out of time.  This needs to be addressed now!!

When lawmakers voted to change Michigan’s teacher retirement system last month, opponents of the move questioned whether it would make the teaching profession less attractive.
The changes come at a time when teacher preparation programs have already seen steep enrollment declines. In Michigan, the number of students studying to be teachers fell by about 40 percent between 2014-15 and 2010-11, according to federal data.
— By Brian McVicar | bmcvicar@mlive.com