Posted on 11/17/14 at 2:56pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has given the okay for school districts to move ahead with their plans for the new statewide student assessment to be given in the spring of 2015. M-STEP, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, meets the requirements mandated by the Legislature to update the MEAP.

Posted on 11/17/14 at 2:57pm

Lack of adequate education funding has not only impacted class size, staffing and programs, it has also hit school transportation budgets. The result is more Michigan school buses flunking the latest round of state safety inspections.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 4:38pm

The Senate and the House are both considering legislation which would give high school students certification in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on their diplomas. If such legislation becomes law, it would make Michigan the first state in the country to offer STEM certification. 

Posted on 11/10/14 at 4:39pm

Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan research, information and advocacy center, compiled a list of the most common myths about education in Michigan. Their list is a result of discussions with many organizations—both educational and non-educational—across the state.

Posted on 11/03/14 at 4:19pm

Eleven Michigan charter schools met the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) deadline for fixing administrative issues like posting documents on their websites, but they could still face suspension this month over academic performance. State Superintendent Flanagan plans to meet with the authorizers of those 11 schools before deciding whether authorizers would be barred from opening any new charter schools until all issues are addressed.

Posted on 11/03/14 at 4:20pm

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) are promising to work together to improve assessments at the state and local levels. One of their specific commitments is to evaluate state assessment systems for quality and coherence. The two groups will partner with districts to review their assessments.

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

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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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