State needs Senate to pass bipartisan bills to improve teacher evaluation and training

By mcee

Maybe the best things that can be said about the current “lame duck” session of the legislature is that it gives lawmakers a chance to make amends for purely political posturing before the election and to take a shot at actually governing in the interests of the state.

A case in point has to do with two state house-passed bills now awaiting action in the state senate that would benefit hundreds of thousands of Michigan elementary and high school students by improving teaching and learning.

They are officially known as House Bills 5223 and 5224, and they are “tie-barred” together, so that one cannot be passed without the other. In a legislature too often paralyzed by partisan infighting, these two are among the very few that have bipartisan support.

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