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Get Involved in Rochester Schools' Future Tonight

The Rochester Board of Education will interview candidates for an open board position, and the Oakland Schools superintendent will speak to the community about pending schools legislation.

Three events today invite the Rochester community to get involved in what's happening in the schools.

School reform legislation meeting

At 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Vickie Markavitch, superintendent of Oakland Schools, will speak at Rochester High School about pending education reform legislation that is being debated in the state Legislature. 

Supporters argue underperforming schools and achievement gaps necessitate the reforms, which they say would make students more competitive when they enter college or the work force.

But opponents say the measures are moving too quickly, do not provide proper regulations for new schools and would strip communities of control over their local districts and instead put the power in the hands of corporations and the state.

Here's a closer look at the proposals. 

School board candidate interviews

Fifteen candidates have applied for an open seat on the Rochester Board of Education.

The public is invited on Monday to meet them during an informal meet-and-greet from 6-6:45 p.m. at the School Administration Building.

The board will then interview the candidates formally during a public meeting beginning at 7. After the interviews, the public will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the candidates before board members decide on finalists for the position.

For more on the board vacancy and the candidates, see 15 Apply for Open Rochester School Board Seat.

Will you attend the meetings? Tell us in the comments.

mark December 05, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I have gone to some of Representative McMillin's Town Hall meetings, a few times. He can be rude and condescending if you are in disagreement with him. I have seen how he votes and have heard his right-wing radical feelings about certain lifestyles. I know many people may not agree with me, but he is the type of politican we have to very concerned about. An elected offical should be careful of ignoring the citizens he represents and should be able to stand the heat, even if it's a particularly hot kitchen. I will never support anyone that cannot stand-up in front of the people they represent and explain what they base their decisions on. Anyone from any party who is an elected offical has to have the fortitude to face their constituents and respect their opinion.
Barb Anness December 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
There's no assumption necessary regarding McMillin not listening to his constituents. I've sent him several emails, he doesn't respond. I'm a constituent. Regardless of whether he agrees with my viewpoint or not, as an elected public official my inquiry should be acknowledged so I know that he's at least received my concerns on the issue. Oh, and that's why he has a paid staff too right? And as one of his constituents, I saw and heard first hand his very condescending questioning of a person making public comment against HB 6004. He made his position very clear on how he plans to vote on these education bills. I would love to see the public comment stats (pro and con for all of these education reform bills) on this issue that Rep. McMillin's office has received. Maybe I'll email him AGAIN and request that information......
John December 06, 2012 at 12:15 AM
McMillin discussing an issue. That's a good one.He despises public schools because he is funded by FOR PROFIT charters that are open to the public (he would never say that). My favorite memory of McMillin at a PTA meeting was when he told the audience that Michigan was getting back to home schooling. A woman told him that wasn't an option for her since she worked. Tom replied that many women would have to make sacrifices.
Dorothy December 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
As I said, Gallup predicted a Romney win by a mile. When all the polls were compared to see which did the best, Gallup was in the bottom of the pile. Maybe we should nationalize to see if it can do better.
Dorothy December 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Mr. Raymond. Kids are not pizza's. They are people. I do not want my child to be a commodity for stockholders and their bottom line. When they decide the state doesn't pay them enough and they need to cut costs, it will be on the backs of the children and the teachers and not the CEO or stock holders. Hmm, sounds just like Lansing's technique with our kids. If you have failing schools, run by EMs I might add, just take money from our schools and give it to them. Snyder has been in office over two years, and his Chairman of the Board style of governing has done nothing for the kids and people of this state. Illitch thanks him. Dan Gilbert thanks him. Schools, unions, parents and grandparents will thank him in November 2014.

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