Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:48am

Fallout is still being felt two months after the release of the Detroit Free Press' report on the state's charter schools. The investigative report uncovered a general lack of accountability and transparency in how charter schools spend the more than $1 billion in state taxpayer money they receive.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 5:04pm

Michigan won a renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2014-15 school year. Without the waiver, schools would have to follow NCLB standards that require 100 percent of students proficient in math and language arts.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:07pm

The U.S. Department of Education is giving states until the 2015-16 school year-a two-year delay-to use student test scores for teacher evaluations. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement after more than a year of NEA and other education groups calling for such action.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:10pm

Despite claims that charter schools lack financial and academic oversight, 18 new charter schools are opening this fall. With 11 charter schools closing at the end of the last school year, there are now a total of 303 charter schools in the state.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:13pm

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will be retiring July 2015, and you can share your thoughts and recommendations on the qualities a new superintendent should have.

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.

Talking points -- Tenure

  • Tenure is a protection for good teachers—not ineffective ones. Due process spelled out by the tenure law makes sure teachers are not dismissed for arbitrary and capricious reasons.
  • The Education Alliance—representing Michigan’s leaders—recommends an educator evaluation planand calls for strong collaboration between unions and administrators.

Additional reading – Tenure

MEA General Counsel Art Przybylowicz submitted written testimony to the House Education Committee on April 26 about House Bill 4241, a bill to repeal tenurel. The testimony includes important information about “just cause,” “arbitrary and capricious,” and tenure proceedings.

 

5 Things to do right now - Tenure

  1. Contact your legislators immediately. Use the talking points and share the facts about tenure. Explain tenure changes that MEA supports – found in Point #2 of our A+ Agenda.
  2. Use this information in your local newsletter, on your Web page, and Facebook.

MEA Action Day draws thousands to Lansing

Responding to ongoing attacks on public education and the middle class, thousands of MEA members traveled to Lansing on Saturday for MEA Action Day.

Thousands of MEA members, supporters rally at the Capitol

Thousands of MEA members and public education supporters attended MEA Action Day in Lansing Saturday.

THANK YOU!

The event was organized with the We Are The People coalition to give Michigan citizens the chance to respond to legislative attacks on public education and the middle class. (We’ll post a slideshow from the rally soon, so check back!)

More events are planned – locally and in Lansing.

Budget deal softens blow to schools, but strings attached

Republicans legislative leaders today announced a budget deal that will soften the financial blow of an earlier decision to cut $470 per pupil.

MEA responds to legislative attacks

Next big Lansing protest is Saturday

Several dozen MEA members, leaders, and staff were at the Capitol today to talk with legislators about votes this week affecting public employee wages and health care.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed House Bill 4152 (to freeze step wage increases when a contract expires) and Senate Bill 7 (to require public employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of their health insurance) and the House Education Committee approved bills to dismantle tenure and collective bargaining laws. Those votes compelled the educators to visit Lansing -- to hold accountable the lawmakers who supported these measures, and to thank those who did not.

MEA response to Senate votes on HB 4152 and SB 7

Salters: 'Yet another assault on public education and the middle class'

"Today's votes in the Michigan Senate on HB 4152 and SB 7 are yet another assault on public education and the middle class.

"On the heels of their votes to slash business taxes while cutting education and raising taxes on seniors and the working poor, Republican leaders continue to rob public employees.  School employees have been sharing in our state's sacrifice for the past decade, taking concessions through collective bargaining at the local level.  

Senate runs over school employees with HB 4152 and SB 7

Fight back! Lawmakers need to hear from you!

The Senate today approved historic changes to collective bargaining and public employee compensation, stripping locally elected officials of the right to make important decisions.

Despite intensive lobbying by MEA leaders, staff, and others, the GOP-led Senate passed bills that impede local control and impact all public employees in some way.

The Michigan Senate voted to eliminate step wage increases between contracts and to require employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of health care, issues currently negotiated locally between employers and employees. The bill affecting step increases now goes to the governor for his signature; the health cost bill now goes to the House, where it could be amended.

Urgent! Call your state senator NOW!

Urge them to vote NO on SB 7. Tell them to maintain local control of health premium sharing by employees. Call now at 517-373-2400.

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