The One in Which I Throw My Hat in the Ring. . .

After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to apply for the position of State Superintendent of Instruction for the state of Michigan. It's time to stop complaining, and time to take action.


I have no illusions that my candidacy will be successful, but would welcome the opportunity to ask some serious questions about the policies guiding education in the state.


We need a person in this office who will be a strong supporter of teachers and students, understands the damage that over-testing has had on the schools, and will work to stop the attacks on teachers and public schools.


We need to halt the proliferation of charter schools, abolish the EAA in Detroit and the rest of the state, and address the funding problems that have hampered public education in Michigan.


We need to insure that every child in the state receives a full, rich and diverse educational experience that includes music, art, PE, foreign language, social studies, science, and library services, in addition to the "tested subjects."


And we need to make sure that teachers are evaluated fairly and appropriately, not by Value Added Measures, student test scores or other invalid and unreliable "metrics."


Please let me know what educational issues you believe are important in the comments below.

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Bert Van Dyke (Sunday, 08 February 2015 15:27)

    Have you continued with this application? Any news or progress?

  • #2

    Bert (Sunday, 08 February 2015 15:32)

    My priorities:
    - appropriate funding for public schools
    - immediately abandon unnecessary standardized testing
    - extra funding to assist schools (increased staffing, food, and care) for students of poverty
    - charters held to exact same standards
    - invest in arts and legitimate PE
    - require that anyone making policy regarding education must had legitimate, successful experience in education and at least a master's degree in education

    I could keep going...! I too, would love the opportunity to contribute and influence the debate which has been completely one-sided.

  • #3

    mitchellrobinson (Sunday, 08 February 2015 16:25)

    Bert,
    I like all of your priorities above!

    Yes, my application is filed, and I heard back from the search firm that my materials have been received. That's it for now!

  • #4

    Christina Caskey (Sunday, 22 January 2017 18:42)


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  • #5

    resume samples (Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:16)

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