February 20, 2018, Introduced by Reps. Kelly, Garcia, Crawford, Lilly, Hornberger, Griffin, Zemke and Chang and referred to the Committee on Education Reform.
A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled
"The revised school code,"
by amending section 1526 (MCL 380.1526), as amended by 1995 PA 289,
and by adding section 1526b.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 1526. (1) For the first 3 years of his or her employment
in classroom teaching, a teacher shall be assigned by the school in
which he or she teaches to 1 or more active or retired master
, or college professors, or retired master
shall act as a mentor or mentors to the teacher. During the 3-year
period, the teacher shall also receive intensive professional
development induction into teaching, based on a professional
development plan that is consistent with the requirements of
3a of article II of
Act No. 4 of the Public Acts of the
Session of 1937, being section 38.83a of the Michigan
Laws, 1937 (Ex Sess) PA 4,
MCL 38.83a, including classroom
management and instructional delivery. During the 3-year period,
the intensive professional development induction into teaching
must consist of at least 15 days of professional
the experiencing of effective practices in university-linked
professional development schools, and regional seminars conducted
by master teachers and other mentors.
(2) As used in this section, "master teacher" means a member
of the master teacher corps under section 1526b.
Sec. 1526b. (1) The department shall develop and implement a
master teacher corps program that meets all of the following:
(a) Allows a master teacher to provide professional
development to other teachers.
(b) Requires the department to collaborate with master
teachers regarding new pilot programs.
(c) Creates a master teacher roundtable to discuss education
issues that includes master teachers, policy makers, legislators,
and business leaders.
(d) Provides business cards or other identification for master
teachers that identify the master teacher as the member of an elite
corps of instructors in this state.
(e) Provides master teachers a yearly stipend in an amount
between $5,000.00 and $10,000.00.
(f) Selects master teachers using the selection process under
(g) Examines the use of master teachers to support low-
performing schools, including, but not limited to, schools that are
subject to a partnership agreement.
(2) The department shall conduct an annual process for
selecting master teachers for the master teacher corps developed
and implemented under subsection (1). The selection process must
meet all of the following:
(a) The governing body of each school district and public
school academy shall nominate 1 teacher for every 2,000 pupils
enrolled in the school district or public school academy to the
intermediate school district in which the school district or public
school academy is located for appointment to the master teacher
corps. A school district or public school academy shall only
nominate a teacher who meets all of the following:
(i) Was rated as highly effective under section 1249 for each
of the immediately preceding 3 school years.
(ii) Ranks in the top 15% of all teachers in the school
district or public school academy as measured by the most recent
teacher evaluation under section 1249.
(iii) Is recommended by, at least, his or her students, peers,
administrators, and community members, as determined by the school
district or public school academy.
(iv) Is a model for teachers across this state and
demonstrates spirit, determination, and passion for the teaching
(v) Successfully implemented an innovative instructional
model, including, but not limited to, a flipped classroom, project-
based learning, intensive intervention for low-performing students,
or competency-based learning.
(b) Each intermediate school district shall nominate a teacher
or teachers from among the nominations received from school
districts and public school academies under subdivision (a) to the
department for appointment to the master teacher corps. The
nominations submitted to the department under this subdivision must
meet both of the following:
(i) The intermediate school district shall nominate 1 teacher
for every 5,000 pupils enrolled in the public schools located in
the intermediate school district. An intermediate school district
with fewer than 10,000 pupils enrolled shall nominate 2 teachers.
(ii) The nominations must be based on at least all of the
(A) The teacher's ability to positively influence other
teachers in the intermediate school district in which he or she
(B) The teacher's positive impact on the community.
(C) The teacher's proven experience and success in a skill or
instructional model that is in demand in the intermediate school
district in which he or she teaches.
(c) Subject to subsection (3), the department shall review the
nominations submitted under subdivision (b) and select up to 100
teachers from the submitted nominations for appointment to the
master teacher corps for an initial term of 3 years. The department
shall select master teachers based on at least all of the following
(i) The level of achievement for pupils of the nominated
teacher, particularly among pupils representing disadvantaged
(ii) Geographic diversity of master teachers.
(iii) Diversity of subject areas in which master teachers
(iv) Diversity of grade levels in which master teachers teach.
(v) The ability of a teacher to bring prestige, esteem, and
professionalism to the master teacher corps.
(vi) A teacher's diversity of experience and success in unique
skills and innovative instructional models, as determined by the
(3) The department shall ensure that at least 1 teacher from
each of the following groups is selected for appointment to the
master teacher corps under subsection (2)(c):
(a) Teachers with experience and success in competency-based
(b) Teachers with experience and success in project-based
(c) Teachers with experience and success in balanced calendar
(d) Teachers with experience and success in the turnaround of
a low-performing school.
(4) After the initial 3-year term under subsection (2), a
teacher may serve additional 3-year terms in the master teacher
corps if he or she is renominated at the end of each 3-year term by
the school district or public school academy that employs the
(5) The department shall consult with a workgroup, including,
but not limited to, the governor or his or her designee, current
members of the master teacher corps, and other interested parties
as determined by the superintendent of public instruction to assist
with the selection of master teachers under subsection (2)(c).
(6) The department shall ensure, to the extent practicable,
that each individual engaging in student teaching as part of a
teacher preparation program is assigned to work with a member of
the master teacher corps.
(7) A teacher selected as a master teacher under this section
shall assist in the identification of other teachers who are
capable of mentoring student teachers.
(8) The department shall promulgate rules that do both of the
(a) Allow professional development provided by a master
teacher under this section to count toward the master teacher's
annual professional development requirement.
(b) Establish a schedule for the implementation of this
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.