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. 

MEA supports Senate alternative to House tenure reform

On Wednesday, Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) introduced SB 503, an alternative tenure reform proposal to HB 4625-4628, the four-bill package passed by the House. MEA supports this new Senate proposal.

Unlike the House package, MEA supports SB 503 because it is true tenure reform as outlined in our A+ Agenda. The bill addresses the real problem with tenure--the length and cost of the current process to dismiss ineffective tenured teachers. By contrast, the House package does nothing to address these issues, instead focusing on taking away collective bargaining rights from Michigan educators.

SB 503 now goes to the Senate Education Committee for consideration. Today, that committee reported out the House package, making it even more urgent for MEA members to contact senators and urge immediate support for SB 503 instead of HB 4625-4628.

Capitol update: What you need to know this week

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Lawmakers continue work this week on anti-collective bargaining legislation that would also dismantle teacher tenure.

House Bills 4625-4628 are on the agenda of the Senate Education Committee, which meets Wednesday. The bills previously passed in the House of Representatives. MEA members and staff have been working non-stop with legislators on a possible compromise that addresses what some say is the real problem -- the length of time it currently takes to dismiss tenured teachers.

Contact your state senator immediately to talk about this four-bill package. Your senators especially need to hear from rank-and-file school employees -- their constituents -- about how these bills will affect students and the community.

Great Lakes Center research questions Bush's Florida success

Jeb Bush continued to spread the story of the “Florida miracle” in a press conference with Gov. Snyder after his presentation to a joint meeting of the Senate and House Education committees. 

State Board of Ed. adopts accreditation standards

The new system addresses concerns that Education YES – the current accreditation system – doesn’t adequately measure districts and there are no sanctions for schools not accredited. 

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Jeb Bush offers a ‘road map of reform for Michigan’

Today, in a joint meeting of the Senate and House Education committees, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush claimed great success for his education reform plan in Florida—taking it from 50 out of 50 states in terms of student achievement to a 21 percent improvement in student test scores.

June 15, 2011 - Senate testimony before the Education Committee on Tenure Reform

MEA General Counsel Art Przybylowicz testifies before the Senate Education Committee on the four-bill tenure package.

Mary Aldecoa, Fowlerville teacher and EA president, provides the teacher perspective on tenure to the Senate Education Committee.

 

Proposed “hard cap” for health insurance shifts risk

A state-mandated “hard cap” on public employee health insurance would shift responsibility for nearly all future health care cost increases to police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, corrections employees, and other state and local public workers. See press release.

Proposed “hard cap” for health insurance shifts risk

A state-mandated “hard cap” on public employee health insurance would shift responsibility for nearly all future health care cost increases to police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, corrections employees, and other state and local public workers. See analysis.

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Available to educators who have worked at least one day as a substitute. This should go through the local bargaining unit if substitutes are recognized in their contract. If substitutes are not recognized in the local unit, the person can be enrolled as a miscellaneous substitute. The dues shall be one eighth (1/8) of the full-time MEA membership dues and 25 percent of the full-time NEA dues per month.

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