Resolutions Passed at the Michigan PTA 97th Annual Convention
This resolution supports Proposal 1 on the May 5th ballot. Proposal 1 is an opportunity to provide stability and resources for roads, schools, and local governments. Michigan PTA supports this plan to provide earmarked funding to build and maintain our State’s infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) while at the same time providing a funding stream for our schools and local governments that will be guaranteed in the Constitution. In addition, it restores tax credits for working families who have been affected by our economy.
Elements of the proposed constitutional amendment:
- Increase the state sales tax from 6% to 7%.
- Eliminate state sales tax on motor fuels for vehicles on public roads.
- Create a new 14.9% wholesale tax on fuel.
- Increase portion of tax dedicated to School Aid Fund.
- Expand use of the School Aid Fund to community colleges and career/technical education, and prohibit use for 4-year colleges/universities.
- Increase vehicle registration fees.
- Dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes.
- Expand competitive bidding and warranties for road projects.
- Increase earned income tax credit from 6% to 20%.
Proposal 1 FAQ
The official ballot language approved by the Board of State Canvassers is available here.
This resolution represents concerns from our membership and frustration over the lack of adequate and timely information provided related to M-STEP (specifically). It in no way reflects a change in Michigan PTA's strong support of career- and college-ready standards for Michigan students and the Common Core State Standards.
Since the adoption of this resolution, we have received additional information regarding the M-STEP and its implementation. While we are fully aware of the growing frustration surrounding the implementation of M-STEP, it is imperative for students to participate in the testing. Lack of participation can result in reduced funding for school districts.
We fully understand that parents and families must feel engaged in the process and need clear and concise information. As a resource for all parents and families, we have developed a presentation on assessments that we will offer via face to face and webinar. If you or anyone you know, is interested in having this workshop presented, please email TheStandards@MichiganPTA.org.
April 8, 2015
Response from the Michigan Department of Education to provide clarity regarding M-STEP:
- State and federal law requires MDE to administer a statewide assessment, and we are not going to violate state and federal law.
- Michigan has never required test proctors paid for by the districts, beyond staff that already is in the building.
- The M-STEP will continue to be Michigan’s assessment and as of a recent press release on March 26, 2015, the outcome of the outstanding RFP allows the continuation of Michigan’s effort with the current system.
- Michigan has every intention to move to computer-adaptive assessment for Math and English language arts next year. The decision to have a computer-based assessment this year was not made lightly, and in the best interest of delivering the best assessment possible for kids this year.
- Michigan will be delivering near-time assessment reporting within two weeks of closure of a grade-levels window. This preliminary reporting will provide a synopsis of how students did on this year’s M-STEP. Final reporting will be provided in the fall.
- It is the intent of the Michigan Department of Education that, besides participation requirements, this year’s results will not be used for high-stakes accountability calculations and educator evaluations. This is dependent upon the federal flex waiver request made by MDE to the U.S. Department of Education.