A state Senate panel began hearings Wednesday on whether school districts should be allowed to hire teachers from private companies. The package of education-reform bills also would require districts to offer schools-of-choice to students from other school districts.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov says parents and students would be happier with the changes than teachers' unions.
Pavlov says, "I can see where the unions would have some concern over the language in here, but I think we need to hold this conversation in the context of improving education. For so long the conversation has been about how do we get more money into education, I think we need to turn that around and say how do we get more education for the money that we're spending."
In fact, Pavlov adds, parents and students have been asking for these types of changes, "Oh yeah, they've been clamoring for this. If you take a look at just the waiting list to get into our charters that are already established in Michigan, there are between ten, twelve, fourteen thousand people, parents and students who are waiting to get a new opportunity."
Pavlov says Governor Rick Snyder supports some of the proposed changes. Pavlov says he does not have a timeline to get the proposals approved by the Legislature.