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2009 Senate Bill 638: Revise teacher tenure provisions (Senate Roll Call 670)
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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.
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The vote was 19 in favor, 13 against, and 6 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 670)

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Vote
In Favor In Favor
Against Against
Not Voting Not Voting
 Undecided
Republican
861486%
9919%
4964%
22 total votes
Democrat
1000%
683268%
316931%
16 total votes

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Revise teacher tenure provisions

IN FAVOR

SENATE DEMOCRATS
none

SENATE REPUBLICANS

Allen (R)Birkholz (R)Bishop (R)Brown (R)Cassis (R)
Cropsey (R)Garcia (R)George (R)Gilbert (R)Hardiman (R)
Jansen (R)Jelinek (R)Kuipers (R)McManus (R)Pappageorge (R)
Richardville (R)Sanborn (R)Stamas (R)Van Woerkom (R) 


AGAINST

SENATE DEMOCRATS

Anderson (D)Brater (D)Cherry (D)Clark-Coleman (D)Clarke (D)
Gleason (D)Jacobs (D)Olshove (D)Prusi (D)Switalski (D)
Whitmer (D)    

SENATE REPUBLICANS

Kahn (R)Nofs (R)


SENATE LEGISLATORS WHO DID NOT VOTE

Barcia (D)Basham (D)Hunter (D)Patterson (R)Scott (D)
Thomas (D)    



SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES

Y    Allen (R)  n  Anderson (D)  -  Barcia (D)  -  Basham (D)Y    Birkholz (R)
Y    Bishop (R)  n  Brater (D)Y    Brown (R)Y    Cassis (R)  n  Cherry (D)
  n  Clark-Coleman (D)  n  Clarke (D)Y    Cropsey (R)Y    Garcia (R)Y    George (R)
Y    Gilbert (R)  n  Gleason (D)Y    Hardiman (R)  -  Hunter (D)  n  Jacobs (D)
Y    Jansen (R)Y    Jelinek (R)  n  Kahn (R)Y    Kuipers (R)Y    McManus (R)
  n  Nofs (R)  n  Olshove (D)Y    Pappageorge (R)  -  Patterson (R)  n  Prusi (D)
Y    Richardville (R)Y    Sanborn (R)  -  Scott (D)Y    Stamas (R)  n  Switalski (D)
  -  Thomas (D)Y    Van Woerkom (R)  n  Whitmer (D)  

Senate Roll Call 670 on 2009 Senate Bill 638

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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 sick&tired on May 2, 2010 

 "Teacher security" is the primarly problem.  We have both young and old teachers who have gained tenure status and are no longer interested in their own professional development or the entire improvement of a school system.  They just want to close the door, "teach" and not be held accountable.  They refuse to use research based instructional techniques or even develop common grading or behavioral expecations as their peers.  I (as a teacher) have sat back and watched teachers be placed on "growth plans" by the principal, they go through the needed steps for one year and then revert back to their old habits of being inaffective and poor.  The principal is left pulling his/her hair out because when it is all said and done, there is nothing they can do.  The cost of removing a tenured teacher is so expensive that district simply can't afford it.  The funny thing is, most teachers are outstanding, the union is actually weakening itself in the court of public opinion, by protecting the ineffective / poor teachers within its ranks.  Tenure reform is badly needed!



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