MACTE - Michigan
Friday, January 18, 2019

Legislation Alerts


Monitoring and discussing state and national legislation concerning K-12 and teacher education is one facet of MACTE's established mission. As the MACTE board discusses legislative items of particular concern, they will be posted here.

The icons below link to three especially helpful sources for locating and researching contemporary legislation concerning education.

Other updates
Legislative Announcements 

DARTEP World Language Program Review Webinar


Here's your one-stop-shop for the review for the new World Language teacher preparation standards. In addition to viewing a recording of the recent webinar on DARTEP's page, you will also be able to download a copy of the PowerPoint that accompanied the webinar and a copy of the rubric that may be helpful in conducting your internal program review. The PowerPoint contains hyperlinks to a number of key documents and websites referenced in the webinar, including the new World Language standards, the endorsement program application, and the Language Testing International website.

New test may Make teaching an even whiter profession

Peggy Barmore writes in the Hechinger Report that new teacher preparation tests may exacerbate the already existing disparity between white teachers and minority teachers. While advocates for the new, more strenuous tests say they hope the increased rigor will encourage all applicants to perform better, regardless of demographics, Barmore reports that the more expensive and more difficult tests may only serve to further disenfranchise groups struggling with the current tests.


Read the full article HERE.

A Side-by-Side Comparison on Proposed 3rd Grade Reading Bill (HB4822)

With comment and considerations by Michigan Association of School Administrators,

by Chris Wigent and Staff

A Message from AACTE President & CEO Sharon P. Robinson from AACTE on Vimeo.

The February 2 deadline to submit comments on the U.S. Department of Education proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs is quickly approaching. In this special message to AACTE members, Sharon P. Robinson urges all to make their voices heard because every comment counts. Learn more about how AACTE is supporting members in this endeavor.

Questions? Contact AACTE at

Letter From Sharon Robinson and Jane Bray

Colleagues, we need your strong voices more than ever before as we prepare to respond to the proposed federal regulations for teacher preparation programs. Your power as state chapters is critically important in this process. As you may know, February 2, 2015, is the deadline for responses to the U.S. Department of Education.

A summary of the proposed regulations and a statement of AACTE’s concerns with them are posted on the AACTE web site here. A response template along with details on submitting responses are also found on the dedicated response page. We strongly urge you to send comments to the Department, as state chapters and as individual members and programs. It is important that responses also include details on the potential impact on specific institutions or states; comments that appear to be “boilerplate” submissions may have less of an impact on the proposal.

Releasing the proposed regulations just before the holidays, and setting an early-semester deadline for comments, could minimize comments from the field, particularly collective statements by our state chapters. We greatly appreciate your taking the time to comment, and to encourage others to do so as well. We wish you a happy and productive New Year and thank you in advance for your assistance in this process that will impact all of our states, our institutions, and our teacher preparation programs.

Please do not hesitate to contact AACTE at should you need assistance or have additional questions.


Sharon P. Robinson, AACTE President/CEO

Jane S. Bray, ACSR Chair

ACSR Regional Calls January 20 —“ Crafting Your Response to the Proposed Regulations on Teacher Preparation Programs

To help craft your responses to the proposed regulations on teacher preparation programs and guide you through AACTE’s template letter and instructions, the Advisory Council of State Representatives’ Executive Committee will be hosting regional calls on January 20 (see schedule below).


AACTE has now hosted two webinars (a recorded version is available here) reviewing the template letter and instructions. Also, see AACTE’s web page on the proposed regulations for resources including an overview of the proposed regulations, other webinars, and selected media coverage.

If you have any questions on the proposed regulations, please contact us at

Dial-in Information:

Toll-Free: 866-939-8416

Participant Code: 8037138


Dates and Times:

Western: January 20: 12 p.m. Pacific | 1 p.m. Mountain (hosted by Jane Bray & Tracy Schuster-Matlock)

Midwest: January 20: 11 a.m. Central | 12 p.m. Eastern (hosted by Ena Shelley)

Northeast: January 20: 11 a.m. Eastern (hosted by TBD)

Southern: January 20: 8:30 a.m. Central | 9:30 a.m. Eastern (hosted by Arlinda Eaton)


Warmest regards,


Jane Bray, Chair

Ann Larson, Chair-Elect

Tracy Schuster-Matlock, Past-Chair

Janine Allen, Western Region Representative

Sylvia Brooks, Northeast Region Representative

Arlinda Eaton, Southern Region Representative

Ena Shelley, Midwest Region Representative


Late yesterday afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held a press conference to announce the release of proposed federal regulations for teacher preparation programs. While the regulations are not yet open for public comment through the Federal Register, the draft language is now available on the Department of Education’s web site.


Right now, the AACTE government relations team is reading and analyzing these draft proposed regulations. We will be producing various resources to assist you in crafting your comment, and we are issuing the following press statement from Sharon Robinson at noon today:

Read more.



"Michigan’s public schools can begin moving forward in their

planning for the online statewide student assessment in

the Spring of 2015. The Michigan Department of Education

announced today its updated assessment system,

called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress


-MDE News Release

Read more about M-Step here.