With the Legislature back in session, they are wasting no time pushing their so-called “education reform” agenda.
Today, Senate Republicans introduced a package of seven bills focusing on the expansion of charter schools, school choice, dual enrollment, and cyber schools; privatization of instructional staff; and siphoning of school aid funds to nonpublic school students.
For the second time in a week, the university refused to come to the table to bargain with faculty. With the start of classes at stake last week, the university told faculty bargainers that they would not negotiate unless the faculty agreed to their proposals.
New standards being pushed by the Michigan Department of Education could mean 200 public schools would lose their state accreditation. With the proposed changes, school accreditation would be tied to standardized test scores.
In a surprising move, the Senate took up the House version of Senate Bill 7 on Wednesday (their only session day this week), unanimously rejecting the House’s changes to the bill that would cap employer contributions to health insurance.
Nearly 15,000 teachers and education support professionals have been laid off statewide as a result of the $500 million cut to K-12 schools OK’d by the Michigan Legislature this year, according to a new report from the We Are the People coalition. The report includes a link to a new interactive Google map showing the locations of announced job cuts to date.
It’s crunch time in Lansing, where lawmakers have just two session days – and a packed schedule – remaining before heading home for most of the summer.
They hope to complete work on legislation dealing with public employee health care and bills that curb collective bargaining and dismantle teacher tenure. All MEA members will be negatively affected by these bills.
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.