Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:49pm

The Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) special education rule changes did not make it through a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and will have to be reintroduced next year. MDE wanted the rule changes to clarify language and help carry out federal law.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:52pm

How charter management companies spend more than $1 billion dollars in state taxpayer dollars is again the focus of a news article in the Detroit Free Press. "Public money for schools buys private property" uncovers the arrangement National Heritage Academies (NHA) has with its schools. NHA, not the school, owns the school buildings and the contents, even though that's all been purchased with taxpayer money.

Posted on 12/01/14 at 11:59am

The University of Michigan's College of Education received a $1.1 million grant to improve how teachers are trained. U-M will use the money to work with other states to change what's required of new teachers and how they receive mentoring once they're in the classroom. Hopefully, Michigan will be one of those states. 

Posted on 12/04/14 at 12:21pm

In a letter to members of the House of Representatives today, MEA President Steve Cook and AFT-Michigan President David Hecker are urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose HB 5111 if it continues to require retention of third grade students who are not reading at grade level. Both MEA and AFT are instead recommending early intervention with a reading improvement plan that is adequately funded on a long-term basis.

 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:50pm

Too much time and too little money keep most college students from earning a degree in four years according to Complete College America’s report, “4-year degrees now a myth in American higher education.” 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:51pm

Don’t be taken in by a message to “coaches, teachers, and other interested parties” from a “Scholarship Selection Committee” offering scholarships to “Michigan High School Seniors.” MEA is not involved with nor endorses this program.

MEA influences changes to evaluation legislation

Yesterday, Rep. Tim Melton introduced HB 4796 to address the standards for teacher performance evaluations.

NCTQ representative cautions legislators of moving too fast on teacher evaluation

Sandi Jacobs, Vice President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, a teacher reform group, testified before the House Education Committee and urged legislators to take their time implementing any new evaluation system for Michigan teachers.

MEA supports Senate alternative to House tenure reform

On Wednesday, Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) introduced SB 503, an alternative tenure reform proposal to HB 4625-4628, the four-bill package passed by the House. MEA supports this new Senate proposal.

Unlike the House package, MEA supports SB 503 because it is true tenure reform as outlined in our A+ Agenda. The bill addresses the real problem with tenure--the length and cost of the current process to dismiss ineffective tenured teachers. By contrast, the House package does nothing to address these issues, instead focusing on taking away collective bargaining rights from Michigan educators.

SB 503 now goes to the Senate Education Committee for consideration. Today, that committee reported out the House package, making it even more urgent for MEA members to contact senators and urge immediate support for SB 503 instead of HB 4625-4628.

Capitol update: What you need to know this week

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Lawmakers continue work this week on anti-collective bargaining legislation that would also dismantle teacher tenure.

House Bills 4625-4628 are on the agenda of the Senate Education Committee, which meets Wednesday. The bills previously passed in the House of Representatives. MEA members and staff have been working non-stop with legislators on a possible compromise that addresses what some say is the real problem -- the length of time it currently takes to dismiss tenured teachers.

Contact your state senator immediately to talk about this four-bill package. Your senators especially need to hear from rank-and-file school employees -- their constituents -- about how these bills will affect students and the community.

Great Lakes Center research questions Bush's Florida success

Jeb Bush continued to spread the story of the “Florida miracle” in a press conference with Gov. Snyder after his presentation to a joint meeting of the Senate and House Education committees. 

State Board of Ed. adopts accreditation standards

The new system addresses concerns that Education YES – the current accreditation system – doesn’t adequately measure districts and there are no sanctions for schools not accredited. 

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Jeb Bush offers a ‘road map of reform for Michigan’

Today, in a joint meeting of the Senate and House Education committees, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush claimed great success for his education reform plan in Florida—taking it from 50 out of 50 states in terms of student achievement to a 21 percent improvement in student test scores.

June 15, 2011 - Senate testimony before the Education Committee on Tenure Reform

MEA General Counsel Art Przybylowicz testifies before the Senate Education Committee on the four-bill tenure package.

Mary Aldecoa, Fowlerville teacher and EA president, provides the teacher perspective on tenure to the Senate Education Committee.

 

Proposed “hard cap” for health insurance shifts risk

A state-mandated “hard cap” on public employee health insurance would shift responsibility for nearly all future health care cost increases to police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, corrections employees, and other state and local public workers. See press release.

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