New school data ‘dashboard’ one of five financial best practices

MI School Data, a new education information website, was launched this week to provide information on K-12 schools and school districts across the state.

Snyder signs redistricting bills

About an hour before they would have taken effect without his signature, Gov. Snyder signed redistricting bills this week. The bills are now Public Acts 128 and 129.

New accreditation standards could place 200 schools at risk

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.

Bill capping health insurance goes to conference committee

State of Michigan Capitol Building
State of Michigan Capitol Building

Senate, House set to work on differences in SB 7

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.

Budget cuts kill nearly 15,000 jobs

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.

Read press release from We are the People.

Crunch time: Lawmakers juggling several bills

Michigan Capitol

Michigan Capitol

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills on Wednesday's agenda

A four-bill package to undo collective bargaining and tenure laws is up in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.