Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:10am

Schools across the state will be starting a new school year in less than a month, but there’s been no further legislative action on the adoption of a statewide teacher and administrator evaluation system. And the MEAP will still be used this school year since no new statewide student assessment has been chosen that will measure student growth—a measurement that will impact teacher and administrator evaluations.

Posted on 06/09/14 at 10:26am

Three MEA members have been chosen to be a part of the inaugural April 2014 class of NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Network Facilitators. Annette Christiansen of Utica, Cassandra Joss of Utica and Shawn Shivnen of Romulus will serve as online community facilitators to promote online discussions on professional development issues.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:11am

Seven schools will benefit from a $2 million pilot program established in the new state education budget that helps them switch to an alternative school calendar. The State Board of Education is expected to approve five schools and two more schools will receive money through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to offset costs. All seven schools are moving to a year-round calendar.

Posted on 08/04/14 at 3:06pm

If the State Board of Education has its way, students won't have to dissect animals in their science classes if they have moral or religious objections or other reasons. The State Board adopted the policy in May and has since gained strong support from the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). 

Posted on 08/04/14 at 3:09pm

In a meeting last week, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan made it clear to Michigan's state school authorizers that he's going to hold them accountable-especially when it comes to poor performing authorizers opening up any new schools. In Michigan, local and intermediate school districts, community colleges and public universities can authorize charter schools.

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.

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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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.

Q&A: How will these bills impact me?

Answers to common questions about House Bills 4625-4628, including: What is the current status of these bills? Could "good teachers" lose their jobs if these bills become law? Could I be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with job performance?

Michigan House OKs anti-tenure legislation

The Michigan House today passed legislation that dismantles teacher tenure and prohibits collective bargaining of many subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table.

Despite strong opposition from MEA members statewide, the four-bill package was approved with bipartisan support; the main bill passed 70-37. The bills -- House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 -- now go to the Senate for consideration.

Find out how your representative voted on these bills.

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