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Statewide and national public education reform has been a politicalhot-topic for the last decade and has intensified over the past severalmonths Michigan lawmakers recently passed numerous heavily-contestedlegislations as part of an educational reform plan These newly enactedlaws are expected to bring about both fiscal and systematic changes topublic schools statewide and more political actions are expected tofollow This has led educators to question the merit andeffectiveness of these recent legislations Will legislation andeducational reform create better educational practice Will it createthe opposite affect This paper utilizes economic analysis to examinethe merits of both partiesCurrently Michigan legislators lead by Governor Rick Synder proposesweeping education reforms aimed at transforming Michiganseducational system Snyder unveils plan to reinvent Michiganseducational system 2011 The plan introduces a 470 per-studentfunding cut for K-12 education Mack 2011b to bring about financialchanges to school district statewide Lawmakers are also expected toenact health-care restriction and additional pension tax as part ofthese changes Restrictions will demand all school employees toabsorb the increase in the health-care costs Mack 2011a Overallthe proposed fiscal reform would reduce the states K-12 educationbudget by 700 million Mack 2011a Lawmakers hope that theselegislations will bring about financial responsibility to schooldistricts that are deemed fiscally inefficient Mack 2011a Adding to the financial reform legislators have also plan to bringabout changes to accountability and incentive structure in schooldistricts Governor Synder summarizes the states intentions to bringgreater accountability to Michigans educational system 2011 inhis education addressSnyder laid out a series of steps the state can take to enable greatteaching including raising the bar for teacher certification testsrestructuring the tenure system so that it rewards demonstrated years ofeffective teaching rather than time in the classroom and replacingcurrent continuing-education requirements with ones that are clearlylinked to teacher skill-building Snyder unveils plan to reinventMichigans educational system 2011 Lawmakers believe that the changes will ultimately make schoolsbetter by giving school officials the tools they
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