LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2019-9 creating the Educator Advisory Council within the Michigan Department of Education. The 15-member council will be comprised of individuals representing various roles in Michigan’s public education system and be responsible for identifying issues impacting the effectiveness of Michigan’s public schools, as well as making legislative recommendations. Following the announcement, state Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) issued the following statement:

“Recent education policy in Michigan has been created in a vacuum, without the input of our teachers who are on the ground every day seeing what our students actually need. Instead of mandating how teachers do their jobs, the Legislature needs to start listening to their input and work in cooperation with them to create the best possible system for our students. With the creation of this advisory board, Gov. Whitmer has again displayed her commitment to putting Michigan schools back on the right track. It is a welcome change to have a leader so dedicated to advocating for our teachers and students.”

Educators who are interested in seeking an appointment to the Council may apply online. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2019.