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Teachers' union is trying to change the direction of the legislature's push to alter tenure laws

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The state Senate may soon consider bills to make it easier to fire veteran teachers.   The state House has already passed the bills.  

Gunesha Frederick is a kindergarten teacher in Wayne County.   She and other members of theMichigan Education Association are urging state senators to ignore the House passed bills.  Instead, Frederick supports legislation to turn tenure decisions over to an arbitrator.  

"No one wants a bad teacher in the school system. You don’t want to teach next to a bad teacher. You don’t want your child in the room with a bad teacher. No one wants that.”

Changing Michigan’s tenure laws has been a priority of Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican majorities in the state House and Senate.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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