A new statewide survey by Launch Michigan shows that most Teachers are satisfied with their jobs. Their biggest complaints were about policymakers and Politicians.
72 percent said that a lack of respect and support from policymakers has a large impact on their career satisfaction.
“Because you have policymakers outside of education that have never been trained to understand the development of children, are making decisions based on how to educate children without that background,” said Vondra Sickley-Blake.
Blake is a Preschool Teacher and believes the disconnect between Politicians and Teachers led to the Third Grade Reading Law.
The Law states that any third grader who is a year or more behind in reading will be held back. Blake believes Teachers were not given enough resources to help the students who are falling behind.
Another issue is funding. Michigan was ranked dead last in education revenue growth from 1995-2015. School specialists like Nurses, Psychologists, and Speech Experts now have to split there time amongst several schools. Teachers are forced to step-up, and in the end, the students suffer.
Mark Ackley, the Spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education says that Governor Whitmer’s new Education budget addresses funding issues.
“Every Educator and every Legislator is concerned about all of our kids. It’s not like they don’t care because they do care, they just have different ideas on policy and how to get us where they need to be” said Ackley.
Launch Detroit will use the survey findings to recommend policy changes to the Governor and Legislatures later in the Spring