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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.

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.

And if you want to save even more, register online at the Members Only site and you’ll only be paying $40 to attend both conferences. You can also download the program.

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Detroit EM imposes teacher contract

Roy Roberts, the state-appointed Emergency Manager for the Detroit public schools, has imposed a contract on teachers. According to PA 4, the Emergency Manager has the power to void current contracts and make changes to working conditions. Details of the new contract won't be available until AFT Michigan meets with its members.

Senate walks out on MPSERS vote

School districts may be faced with financial uncertainty because the Senate didn’t pass SB 1040 —an unprecedented attack on school employee retirement. When they failed to get the necessary votes, they simply walked away. Now, the supposed savings gained by shifting costs to employees and retirees won’t materialize before the June 30 budget-setting deadline for school districts.

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