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MEA General Counsel advises Council on Educator Effectiveness

MEA’s General Counsel, Arthur Przybylowicz, was one of several speakers today at the first meeting of the Governor’s Council on Educator Effectiveness.

School board elections move to November

Today, Gov. Snyder signed into law PA 232 and PA 233, which require school districts to hold elections during the general elections in November of even-numbered years beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Voters recall Paul Scott -- "This is what democracy looks like."

Alongside citizens on the ground in the 51st House District, MEA members, leaders and staff pulled off what hasn’t happened in this state for more than two decades—the recall of a sitting legislator. Last night’s recall of Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) marks the first time in state history that a Republican has been recalled.

House Education Committee takes up SB 618

After much debate, the Senate narrowly passed SB 618 and the same debate seems to be brewing in the House Education Committee as expressed by the Committee Vice Chair Rep. Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center). A former teacher, Hooker is concerned that the bill to lift the cap on charter schools may harm traditional public schools. While he supports the idea of giving parents choices, he said he has no position on the bill right now.

Video contest goes green

Consumers Energy is sponsoring a statewide student video contest that features how renewable energy can make a difference in the world. The winning school will receive a $5,000 prize for the most original video. Students can sign up through their high school administrator. Only one video per school is allowed and the deadline is November 15. Go to www.greenscenescontest.com for more information.

School employee relatives barred from school board

Citing a blatant conflict of interest, Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) last week introduced SB 773 which would prohibit the spouse, child, parent or sibling of school employees from serving on the district’s school board. 

Will third time be the charm for RTT funds?

Michigan is making its third application to receive a Race to the Top (RTT) funds. So far, 35 states are vying for $500 million for education reform.

House pursues caps on superintendent salaries; eases administrator requirements

The House Education Committee is considering legislation (HB 4671, Heise, R-Plymouth) that would prevent school districts from paying superintendents more than the state Superintendent of Public Instruction.  State Superintendent Michael Flanagan, earned $184,000 in 2010-11.

Teacher evaluation, school accreditation may hurt early NCLB waiver request

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE)plans on making the first U.S. Department of Education (DOE) NCLB waiver request deadline of Nov. 14 that would exempt Michigan from meeting a 100 percent proficiency requirement by 2014. The next deadline would be in February.

First NEA bullying brief provides tips for bus drivers

"Bus Drivers and Bullying Prevention" is the first in a series of briefs based on the findings from NEA's "2010 Nationwide Study of Bullying: Teachers and ESP Perspective."

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