Sen. Pavlov announces August office hours

State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that August office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations:

Wednesday, August 10
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Port Huron City Offices
Public Meeting Room
100 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060

Monday, August 15
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Harsens Island Lions Club
230 LaCroix St.
Harsens Island, MI 48028

Monday, August 22 (with state Rep. Kevin Daley)
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Sundance Grille
3817 S. Lapeer Road
Metamora, MI 48455

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

Pavlov speaks at bill signing as historic teacher tenure reform is enacted

 

LANSING—Historic legislation reforming Michigan’s antiquated teacher tenure rules was signed into law on Tuesday, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, who guided the bills through the Senate.

Under the new measures, school districts must consider teacher quality and not seniority alone when making staffing decisions. In addition, school personnel must be evaluated annually based in part on student achievement.

“Today is a great day for students, parents, and teachers who are passionate about doing their job,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Our system of education should always be about what is best for the kids. These laws make that our priority.”

Pavlov, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, amended the legislation to streamline the tenure process and add parental notification of ineffective teachers. His changes strengthened the law while making the process fairer and legally sound.

 

Photo cutline: Sen. Phil Pavlov speaks at a press conference in which Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic teacher tenure reform into law. Standing with Pavlov are (from left) Rep. Paul Scott; Todd Beard, a teacher at Flint International Academy; Gov. Snyder; Rep. Bill Rogers; and Rep. Margaret O’Brien.

Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: www.senate.michigan.gov/photowire.asp?District=25.

Sen. Pavlov welcomes St. Clair High School state champions to the Senate

LANSING–State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Wednesday welcomed the St. Clair High School baseball team and their coach, Bill McElreath, to the Michigan Capitol.

St. Clair won the 2011 Division II state title. Pavlov and his colleagues honored the team during Senate session.

“During my time coaching little league in St. Clair I’ve had the opportunity to see these student-athletes grow into fine young men and baseball players,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Their achievements this year were remarkable, and their coaches have done one heck of a job in melding this team together for a very long time.”

Coach McElreath expressed admiration for his team.

“We set several records. The one I’m most proud of is that every player on this team was all-academic in the league and all-academic in the district,” McElreath said. “These kids are not just good ballplayers; they’re very intelligent young men who put their priorities in academics first and baseball second.”

In addition to setting the school record for number of wins in a season with 33, the team set records for batting average, hits, RBI, on-base percentage, and doubles as well as breaking all of the school’s pitching records. Eight players on the team will play baseball in college.

“A lot of things went right this year and it’s due to these young men and the hard work they put in and their commitment to the team,” McElreath said.

Pavlov applauded the team’s passion for their sport.

“This team has an undying love for baseball that is inspiring,” Pavlov said. “The ability of these young student-athletes to play at such a high level and to go 33-1 this year is an incredible feat.”

Photo cutline: The 2011 Division II state champion St. Clair High School baseball team stands in the chamber of the Michigan Senate. Sen. Phil Pavlov, standing behind the team at the Senate rostrum, honored the team during session.

Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

www.senate.michigan.gov/photowire.asp?District=25.

Sen. Pavlov announces July office hours

LANSING–State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that July office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations on Monday, July 11:

7:30 to 9 a.m. (with state Rep. Kevin Daley)
Brass Lamp Restaurant
4022 Huron St.
North Branch, MI 48461

10:30 a.m. to noon
Imlay City Hall
150 N. Main St.
Imlay City, MI  48444

1 to 2:30 p.m.
Burtchville Township Offices
4000 Burtch Road
Burtchville, MI 48059

In addition, Pavlov will hold office hours with the Clyde Township Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 19:

7 to 8:30 p.m.
Clyde Township Offices
3350 Vincent Road
North Street, MI  48049

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

State Senate passes historic teacher tenure reform

LANSING–Historic legislation reforming Michigan’s antiquated teacher tenure laws passed the state Senate today after amendments were added to streamline the process for dismissing ineffective teachers.

The amendments were sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Phil Pavlov, who shepherded the House bills through the Senate. Pavlov’s changes strengthened the legislation while making the process fairer and legally sound.

“These bills restore some very important, common-sense balance to Michigan’s education system,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “For too long, the system has focused on adults at the expense of children.  A student’s right to a good education should always trump a bad teacher’s right to a job for life.”

House Bills 4625-4628 require tenure to be granted based on performance as opposed to the number of years a schoolteacher has been instructing.

The measures also include a prohibition on seniority-based layoffs—the so-called “last in, first out” policies that force less experienced educators to be let go regardless of their effectiveness in the classroom.

“The passage of any legislation is a process where improvements are made,” Pavlov said. “In this case, we included an annual evaluation system for all teachers and administrators and required that parents be notified if their students have an ineffective teacher or administrator.

“Good educators should be cheering today, because this legislation protects them and their students.”

The bills extend the probationary period for new teachers but allow tenure to be earned more quickly if a teacher is rated “highly effective.” The legal standard for dismissing a teacher is changed to match that of administrators and to allow for the dismissal of ineffective teachers.

An appointed council of evaluation experts is charged with recommending a statewide evaluation system to the Legislature no later than April 30, 2012, at which time the system could be placed into statute.

The bills now return to the Michigan House for concurrence.