Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:45pm

According to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan ranks 32nd when it comes to a child's overall well-being compared to other states. Michigan dropped one slot in ranking from last year, making it the worst-performing state in the Great Lakes region. 

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:46pm

Michigan isn't the only state looking to establish stricter guidelines for charter school authorizers. A policy brief by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), reports that while 42 states have charter school legislation, only  33 states have authorizing bodies that are responsible for approving and overseeing charters schools. But only 15 of those states have set standards for authorizers.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:47pm

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:40pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:51pm

The Great Lakes Center annually releases a recommended "summer reading list" for educators. The list evaluates the so-called education reform movement and whether or not those reforms really work.

Posted on 07/15/14 at 11:23am

The Sunday, July 13 edition of the Lansing State Journal covered the issue of teacher evaluations in its "A Greater Lansing Outlook" section. Included is a column by MEA President Steve Cook, "Teachers support bills for fair evaluations," highlighting MEA's involvement in writing HB 5223 and HB 5224. 

Help hold lawmakers accountable

We’ve launched a new page detailing recall information from across the state. It’s accessible through our Members Only site. Here’s how you can help hold lawmakers accountable for their attacks on public education and the middle class.

Recall Event Calendar

To find locations to sign recall petitions for Gov. Snyder go to www.firericksnyder.org

July 21
9 a.m.-noon – Petition signing for Snyder recall and Emergency Manager repeal
Where: Bedford Public Library

Noon – Recall Paul Scott Kickoff Campaign
Where:  Citizens Against Government Overreach Headquarters, 6153 Dort Highway, Grand Blanc
 
4:30-6 p.m. – Petition signing for Snyder recall and Emergency Manager repeal
Where: At intersection of Secor Rd. and Sterns Rd. and at intersection of Temperance Rd. and Lewis Avenue

July 21-24
Farmers’ Festival – Recall petitions available for signing – Contact Carson at Bad Axe Recall Headquarters, 989-269-2583 for more information
Where:  Pigeon, MI

July 30

10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Fire Snyder petition signing
Where:  Bayside Restaurant, 142 W. Walled Lake Dr., Walled Lake

July 31
6-11 p.m. – Rally for Democracy sponsored by the Kent County Recall Rick Snyder
Where:  The Orbit Room, 2525 Lake Eastbrook Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

More ‘ed reform’ on House panel radar

Michigan Capitol Building
Michigan Capitol Building

School funding was on today’s agenda of a state House education reform work group, a special, bipartisan panel that plans to meet weekly through the summer to consider substantial changes for public education.

Important victory for affirmative action

Michigan universities will be able to consider race and gender, along with numerous other factors, in the admission process, following a ruling last week from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

State Supreme Court rejects payroll deduction of PAC

As if we need another reminder that elections have consequences, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday reversed its earlier decision on payroll deduction of PAC contributions by public employees, deciding that doing so breaks state campaign finance law.

 

Public employee health care update

Late Thursday, the state House revised and passed Senate Bill 7, legislation dealing with public employee health care.

The House passed the bill with the minimum 56 votes required. Rep. Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, cast the deciding vote. (See how your representative voted.)

Next step is recall of out-of-touch legislators

Find out how your legislators voted on these bills. Snyder signed the bills into law on July 19, 2011.

Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.

'A sad day for Michigan students'

Anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills hurt children 

EAST LANSING, Mich., June 30, 2011 -- Michigan lawmakers who voted today to strip collective bargaining rights from public school employees and dismantle teacher tenure will be held accountable for actions that hurt

No deal yet on public employee health care

Lawmakers did not come to a final agreement on competing plans dealing with public employee health care prior to the Senate adjourning for its summer break. 
   

Senate passes anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation that passed this evening to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights and dismantle teacher tenure.

With hundreds of teachers and education support professionals looking on from the gallery above the legislative chamber, the GOP-led Senate passed the four-bill package. House Bills 4625-4628 previously passed in the House.

"This is a shameful day in Michigan," said Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, who opposed the bills.

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