Studies show a link between student achievement and small class sizes.
- The Michigan superintendent of schools in 1997 began awarding grants to schools across the state to lower class sizes to a ratio of 17 students or less per teacher as part of a four-year program.
- Test scores improved due to the small class sizes and a study of the program found that the longer a student stayed in small classes, the better that student did long term.
Collective bargaining gets teachers the time they need for professional development. A strong, experienced teacher can have a measurable impact on student achievement.
- A slightly above average teacher can increase the present value of future earnings of a class of 20 students by more than $400,000 compared to an average teacher, according to a January report from the Citizen Research Council of Michigan.
- Lansing politicians gave corporate special interests $1.8 billion in tax breaks.
- They cut funding for K-12 education by $1.3 billion and higher education funding by $220 million to help offset the tax breaks.
Governor Rick Snyder also circumvented current contracts by signing legislation that took away teacher input in several critical areas.
- Teachers lost input on teacher placement.
- The number of years needed to achieve tenure increased.
- Teachers lost input on disciplinary actions.