Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:59pm

The Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) has launched InspirED, a newsletter featuring the innovative and inspiring stories happening every day for Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. 

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:57pm

Michigan is one of 16 states that will probably be looking for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards that call for using student test scores in teacher evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering to give states that already have an NCLB waiver even longer to create new assessments. Currently, the state still doesn't have an assessment that measures student growth.

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:56pm

According to a report released last month by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), nearly 1.26 million homeless students in primary and secondary grades across the country were enrolled in the 2012-13 school year. 

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:53am

MEA members can now access MEA information and news via a new mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. You can link to the app or go into the iPhone "App Store" or Android's "Google Play" and search for "Michigan Education Association."

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:04am

Amanda Erspamer-Berry, an MEA member and teacher in Marquette's Alternative High School, is one of 15 finalists for a $100,000 grant in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." The grant is challenging educators from across the country to submit innovative proposals that would help students. Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes they receive. Your vote can help make Amanda's vision become a reality for her students.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:08am

NEA President Lily Eskelsen has finished her Back-to-School Tour and talks about "What I Saw, Who I Met and What You Should Know About My Back to School Tour" in her blog at LilysBlackboard.org.  She talks about her visit to Northwestern High School in Flint where students and staff worked hard to move the school off Michigan's Priority Schools list. Read what she learned from members across the country.

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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