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Michigan Governor Whitmer Signs into Law Major K-12 Teacher Performance Evaluations Reforms

November 27, 2023

On November 22, 2023, Michigan Governor Gretchen E. Whitmer signed into law two bills (SB 395 & SB 396) reforming the teacher and school administrator evaluation processes at K-12 schools. The new legislation introduces significant changes to teacher and school administrator evaluations, shifting the focus towards more streamlined rating categories, modifying the basis for evaluations with an emphasis on teacher performance, and mandating the involvement of educators in developing evaluation tools.

Some of the key changes to Michigan’s Revised School Code and the Teachers’ Tenure Act include:

Should you have any questions about the changes to Michigan school laws, including assistance in formulating teacher performance metrics, please do not hesitate to contact the authors of this article or your Miller Canfield attorney.