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House adjourns without passing EAA and conversion school bills

The Michigan Legislature adjourned for the year early Friday morning without taking up legislation that would allow the creation of so-called "conversion schools" or a statewide school takeover district.

Student technology showcase in Lansing Nov. 28

Students from across Michigan will gather at the state Capitol on Nov. 28 to showcase how they're using technology in the classroom to enhance learning.

Take action: 'Right to Work' legislation could be introduced next week

So-called "Right to Work" legislation is likely to move through the Legislature as early as next week. Right-wing legislators are hoping that MEA members will be too distracted by the holiday season to notice.

Post-election MEA member survey

MEA members are being asked to participate in a brief, important and confidential survey to better inform your union’s advocacy on your behalf.

MEA makes recommendations to Gov.'s school finance group

MEA has provided the Governor's Oxford Foundation with a list of recommendations for properly funding an effective public education system. Using Gov. Snyder's 2011 Education Message as a starting point, the Oxford Foundation is a work group charged with rewriting the School Aid Act of 1979. In July, Project Director Richard McLellan, called for input from stakeholders in Michigan's public education system.

Common Core Standards debated educationally and politically

Common Core Standards debated educationally and politically
The Common Core State Standards adopted by Michigan and 45 other states continues to be controversial—and not just in the education world, but also in the political arena.

PWF wants latest anti-Proposal 2 ad pulled

In a tele-press conference and news release yesterday, the Protect Working Families coalition called on news outlets to pull the latest 30-second TV ad by Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution blasting Proposal 2—the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining and working families. The ad is full of lies, making outrageous claims of what Proposal 2 would do and attempting to scare away voters.

MEA Financial Services can help you survive SB 1040

In response to the passage of SB 1040, MEA Financial Services is holding informational meetings across the state to help members understand the impact the legislation has on their retirement plans.

Analysis of impacts—SB 1040

Unfortunately the House voted 57-48 in favor the (MPSERS) overhaul, a compromise that includes a study to fully transition from a defined benefit (DB) to a defined contribution (DC) system. Earlier in the day the Senate passed the bill, SB 1040, by a vote of 21-16, sending it to the House. The bill moved to the Governor's office for his signature.
 
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Deadline extended for MIP and Social Justice Institute registration

The chance to save $25 by registering early for the 2012 Minority and Women Leadership Program (MIP) and the Social Justice Institute has been extended to Aug. 10. Until then, the registration fee is $50. After that date, the registration fee increases to $75.

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