Rep. Zemke Testifies in Support of Bill Before Education Panel

Bipartisan legislation will improve student outcomes
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

LANSING — State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) testified today in the House Education Committee in support of legislation he introduced dealing with educator and administrator evaluations. House Bills 5223 and 5224 were introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) and Zemke, respectively.

“We consistently hear that in order for our children to succeed in school, they must have effective teachers and administrators,” Zemke said. “These bills reform the evaluation process in a common-sense way to grade teachers and administrators fairly and ensure kids have the best chance to succeed.”

Zemke and O’Brien worked together with members of the education community and a number of stakeholders to draft these bills. HBs 5223 and 5224 set standards for teacher and administrator evaluations that are required by current law. The bills establish straightforward and balanced evaluations to ensure that competent and quality teachers and administrators are educating Michigan’s students.

“Education is not a partisan issue - everyone wants our children to succeed in school and beyond,” Zemke said. “I’m proud to have worked with a colleague on the other side of the aisle to improve the quality of public education for kids across Michigan.”