Target: Michigan State Representative Gary Glenn
Goal: Keep stringent hiring criteria for public school teachers in place.
School boards in Michigan could soon be allowed to hire people on as teachers who don’t have any proper qualifications, if legislation introduced by State Representative Gary Glenn becomes law. This would constitute a massive threat to the education of Michigan’s youth. Demand that Representative Glenn abandon this horrible proposal at once.
Tea Party conservative Representative Glenn’s bill is designed to completely overhaul Michigan’s public education system without having to wage the legislative battle of actually changing the state’s curriculum laws. It does this by taking away all the professional qualifications the state currently mandates of potential teachers before they can be hired—things like specialized training and degrees in teaching.
To replace those criteria, Representative Glenn’s bill would instead empower school boards to hire teachers purely on whether the applicant has “education and experience” that the board thinks would benefit students. School boards will, as a result, be poised to hire people as teachers who do not have the necessary academic qualifications and instead have a religious or political agenda the school board supports.
This bill is nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt at politicizing Michigan’s public school system. Sign the petition below to demand that Representative Glenn rescind this proposal at once so that it never has the chance to hurt children’s education.
Dear Representative Glenn,
I am writing you today regarding House Bill 4394. This piece of legislation will have a profoundly negative impact on children’s education in your state and should be scrapped at once.
The people we trust to educate the next generation should be held to the highest of standards in both qualification and conduct. Doing away with state laws that ensure that these standards are met will do nothing but hurt your state and our nation as a whole.
If your bill becomes law, people who have had no training to become teachers will nonetheless be able to take on the job as long as a local school board makes the choice that they have a perspective that will “benefit” the students. In essence, the bill chips away not only at federal and state educational standards, but also at the separation of church and state.
Your proposal is nothing but a thoughtless, shortsighted attempt to deregulate education in your state and make it easier for public schools to take a hardline conservative stance. I demand that you rescind it from consideration immediately so that it never has the chance to become law.
[Your Name Here]
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