CLINTON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – “Amend , don’t end.”  That’s the message of several public school teachers in Metro Detroit who are speaking out, Tuesday, about teacher tenure.

Stacey LaPlante, a history teacher at Chippewa Valley High School says a pending Senate bill on tenure is a common sense approach that doesn’t end tenure but removes some of the red tape.

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“Senate bill 503 would do away with the tenure appeals board at the state level, and shift that again to the locally controlled arbitrator. So, that’s going to shorten the time frame,” said LaPlante.

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“Teachers do admit there does need to be tenure reform, but let’s do it in a way that makes sense. You don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. We want good teachers here in Michigan,” she said.

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On the other end of the legislative spectrum, the Michigan House has passed legislation that would strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights, which gets a collective thumbs down from the teachers’ union.