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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Metro Detroit superintendents praise Pavlov educator evaluation bill
Legislation preserves local control, helps kids learn
LANSING – Superintendents from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties today praised Sen. Phil Pavlov for his leadership on teacher evaluation legislation. His legislation, Senate Bill 103, is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for final approval.
“The common-sense educator evaluation legislation crafted by Sen. Pavlov is the product of collaboration with education experts who serve on the front lines,” said Kenneth Gutman, Superintendent of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. “Constructive, thoughtful evaluation gives teachers the tools they need to teach, and help students learn and grow.”
Districts across the state have successfully used research-based evaluation tools in innovative ways and Senate Bill 103 allows them to continue to do so. The legislation recognizes that local schools are best-positioned to craft evaluation tools that work best at the local level.
“We applaud the Michigan Legislature for laying out a framework for pragmatic, fair and critical evaluations for educators while preserving local control,” said Russell E. Pickell, Superintendent, Riverview Community Schools. “Effective teachers and administrators can make all the difference in the world when it comes to educating our kids, and constructive evaluation will strengthen teaching in our classrooms.”
“We commend Senator Pavlov and the Michigan Legislature for working in good faith with educators on this legislation,” said Mark A. Burton, Executive Director of the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education. “His leadership on this issue should be held up as an example of how legislators can learn from those on the frontlines of education to achieve our common goals and ensure our kids are prepared for college and a career.”
The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating nearly 600,000 students (approximately 40% of the statewide K-12 population).