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2009 Senate Bill 638: Revise teacher tenure provisions
  1. Introduced by Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R) on June 11, 2009, to exempt the “neighborhood schools” proposed by Senate Bill 636 from the “teacher tenure” law provisions that make it difficult or impossible to pay Michigan public school teachers on the basis of merit, rather than years on the job, and which also make it very difficult to dismiss teachers.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 9, 2009, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 2, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that simply allows teachers to be fired for "consistent ineffectiveness". The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 2, 2009.
  2. Failed 17 to 18 in the Senate on December 2, 2009, to revise the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on December 3, 2009, the vote by which the bill was defeated. Passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009.
  4. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on December 3, 2009, to establish that the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would create the definition of "consistently ineffective" in teaching, and the state Board of Education would have to approve this. The already included a provision requiring the definition to be based on "objective criteria". The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009.
  5. Failed 19 to 13 in the Senate on December 3, 2009, to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on December 3, 2009, to reconsider the vote by which the bill was defeated. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009.
  7. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2009.
  8. Passed 20 to 13 in the Senate on December 3, 2009, to revise the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness, as defined by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on December 3, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on December 3, 2009.

Comments

Re: 2009 Senate Bill 638 (Authorize “neighborhood schools” )  by Sundodgg on September 12, 2011 

 I am shocked and amazed that our legislators approve of allowing sub-standard teachers to exist in our schools, much less promote them.  Then you wonder why charter schools are so in demand!  The quality of education in our public schools is awful.  We are graduating un-educated bodies who are for the most part unable to read, write, or count, and have little to no concept of our history or our laws.  What does it take to wake up our legislators?



Re: 2009 Senate Bill 638 (Authorize “neighborhood schools” )  by smallyfish on May 9, 2011 

I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for
sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just
feel like a record. hates off . Hardwood Pellets



Re: 2009 Senate Bill 638 (Authorize “neighborhood schools” )  by promediate on December 8, 2009 

Hey Bluewater teacher... These School administrators [you] identify as not
having the ability to do their job are for the most part teachers who
graduated to
administration, but you already know that. It is also interesting that
you identify yourself as a teacher and yet you talk like you are a
part of a mindset that coddles teachers who [you] identify as
being "ineffectual", instead of working to get rid of these
administrators who [you] deem to be neglecting their responsibilities.



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