Posted on 04/21/14 at 4:43pm

This month, university students looking to teach in Michigan took a new, more rigorous teacher certification test. It was first administered last October and pass rates fell from 82 percent to 26 percent. All education majors have to take the test to become student teachers.

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:30am

We’re moving into the last months of the legislative session before policymakers take a summer break.

Posted on 04/21/14 at 4:46pm

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-11 when teachers and all school employees are recognized for their contributions to public education. Last week, we asked for your suggestions on how best students, parents, the community and the media can show their appreciation for all that you do.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:39pm

The Michigan School Safety and Bullying Prevention Summit will be held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on Monday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:37pm

If the Legislature provides the funding, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will implement a new plan to help school districts with budget deficits. The plan is part of Gov. Snyder’s budget recommendations. Currently, there are 46 school districts with budget deficits.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:40pm

If you’re looking to get involved in a community event that promotes safety and a healthy habit, consider signing up for the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. In Michigan, the event is sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation to make communities more walkable and “bikeable.”

UPDATE: Tenure votes may come TODAY! Call senators NOW!

Reports are coming in that the state Senate may vote THIS AFTERNOON on the House package that dismantles teacher tenure and attacks the collective bargaining and due process rights of all school employees.                                                

PLEASE ACT NOW!  Call your state Senator and urge them to vote against House Bills 4625-4628.  Ask them not to strip good teachers of their rights in order to get the very few bad apples out of the classroom. Tell them we need common-sense tenure reform – which MEA supports through Senate Bill 503.

Contact your Senator right away – before it is too late.

Read more about these bills and what else is happening in Lansing today.

MEA President in the Detroit News: There's a right way to reform teacher tenure

I know the warning, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water," is a cliché — but there is no better way to describe some legislators' utterly misguided attempts to reform teacher tenure. Read more.

MEA launches statewide radio ad in support of common-sense tenure reform

EAST LANSING, Mich., June 29, 2011 — The Michigan Education Association released a radio ad this week calling on the state Senate to pass Senate Bill 503, which would make much-needed reforms to teacher tenure while maintaining basic due process and collective bargaining rights for good teachers.

Senate Bill 503, introduced by state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), is a more common-sense and thoughtful approach to tenure reform than the radical legislation passed recently by the state House that would strip away basic rights from teachers. 

House ed panel to meet Wednesday

The House Education Committee meets Wednesday to consider anti-bullying legislation and a separate bill dealing with school district health insurance plans.

Michigan teachers announce support of common-sense tenure reform

EAST LANSING, Mich., Tuesday, June 28, 2011 — Public school teachers from across Michigan today announced their support of a state Senate proposal that would reform teacher tenure while protecting school employees’ basic due process and collective bargaining rights.

Senate Bill 503, introduced by state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), is a more common-sense and thoughtful approach to tenure reform than radical legislation passed recently by the state House.

HB 4572 with hard cap passes House

With a vote of 58-51, the House approved HB 4572 which would place a hard cap on the amount an employer could spend on employees’ health care coverage.

Starting in 2012, an employer could spend no more than $15,000 on family coverage; $11,000 for two-person coverage; and $5,500 for an individual. The state treasurer would increase those caps each year based on the change to the medical care component of the Consumer Price Index.

If a school district paid more than the amount legislated, they would face a 10 percent reduction in their state aid funding.

House moves to eliminate their own retirement health insurance

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan House of Representatives

Yesterday the House passed HB 4087 which ends legislative retiree health care for legislators elected after 2007. Under this legislation, future lawmakers and most of those currently serving in the Legislature would no longer be eligible for the benefit.

House reaches compromise on binding arbitration law

PA 312, the state’s binding arbitration law, could undergo dramatic changes with the passage of HB 4522 yesterday.  PA 312 has been used since 1969 to settle labor disputes in municipal police and fire departments.

Other legislative activity this week:

With the Legislature’s summer break on the horizon next Thursday, the rush was on to pass a variety of legislation in the state House to allow the Senate to consider the bills next week:

Legislative activity

  • Late today, the House approved HB 4572, calling for a hard cap on the amount of insurance a public employer could pay for its employees. The vote was 58-51.

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