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. 

F.R.E.D. Letters

Local Membership Chair Web site

Now available is a self guided training of the Local Membership Chair Website. This training includes instructions on processing member additions, terminations, and adjustments. Also included are instructions on running and viewing reports for your bargaining unit.

Sample Calendar of Duties

Daily Duties: Deposit receipts

Weekly Duties: Remit PAC

Monthly Duties:
Prepare Financial Report
Pay Bills
Reconcile Bank Statement
Verify membership records with MEA billings

Annual Duties:

Other Tips

___ If there is a loss of funds due to fraud or dishonesty of officers or staff NOTIFY MEA Director of Legal Services IMMEDIATELY.

___ If local owns personal property obtain insurance coverage as desired.

___ Verify that all PAC monies are being handled appropriately and timely.

___ Verify that locals permanent records are organized and safeguarded.

___ Records Retention Schedule available in the Local Treasurers Handbook.

Governmental Reporting Requirements

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Timeline

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Internal Review of Financial Records

An internal review of financial records should always be done when a new Treasurer is appointed.  We recommend an annual review. 

Critical procedures to be completed by independent reviewer or committee include:

___ Account for numerical sequence of checks

___ Verify cash disbursements for supporting documentation and proper approval 

___ Verify receipt of all payroll deduction amounts from the school payroll office by comparing to payroll listing and calendar of pay dates

Fundamental Tasks of Being a Treasurer

___ Open/maintain a bank account for the local.   

___ Designate two authorized signers (Treasurer and President) for checks and other transactions. 

___ Use prenumbered checks which can be obtained from your bank.

___ Be sure requests for money (disbursements) are supported by an invoice or voucher form (or require two signatures on all checks). 

___ Do not sign a check issued to yourself.  Have the other authorized signer sign the check. 

UniServ Director Hiring Process

WANTED:
CANDIDATES FOR THE SCREENED APPLICANT LIST

Are you an advocate for employees? Do you have bargaining and grievance processing experience? If so, you may want to explore becoming a UniServ director. The MEA maintains a list of qualified individuals who are eligible to apply for UniServ director positions.

The process for being added to the list includes:

  1. Submission of an employment application and résumé for review and determination of qualifications.

MEA fighting anti-collective bargaining bills in Senate

Michigan Senate
Michigan Senate

The Michigan Senate is the next stop for a four-bill package designed to unravel collective bargaining and tenure laws, legislation that would impact all public school employees.

Last week, the GOP-led state House passed House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 with bipartisan opposition after heavy lobbying from MEA members and staff. MEA will have an increased presence at the Capitol beginning Tuesday, with members and staff stepping up efforts to work with moderate senators willing to consider alternative ideas, including MEA-backed reforms to streamline the process of disciplining or discharging ineffective teachers with tenure.

Health care bills up in House committee

The House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee will continue its work this week on legislation dealing with public employee health care. The panel meets Tuesday to consider House Bills 4087 and 4572 and Senate Joint Resolution C.

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