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Education funding, curriculum changes get Governor’s signature

Gov. Snyder has signed the new 2014-15 education budget into law which provides $15.8 billion to all levels of education in Michigan. 

Education funding levels decided by Legislature; waiting for Gov.’s signature

Funding for all levels of education was decided by the Legislature this week when HB 5314 passed the Senate. Funding levels are set for K-12, community colleges and universities.  The legislation is now on its way to Gov. Snyder for his signature.

48 school districts end the year with a budget deficit

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) identified 48 Michigan school districts and charters operating with a budget deficit. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released the names of those districts in his quarterly report to the Legislature on the financial health of the state’s public schools.

Supreme Court will be ruling on MPSERS contribution

Michigan’s Supreme Court will be deciding on whether the changes made to PA 300 in 2012 were legal. The lawsuit challenges changes by the Michigan legislature to pension contribution rates, retiree healthcare contributions, the multiplier “sanction” for those opting out of the higher contribution rates, and the mechanism for refunding the contributions to individuals who opted into retiree healthcare but ultimately failed to qualify for the benefits. 

MDE reviews early warning plan for deficit schools

If the Legislature provides the funding, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will implement a new plan to help school districts with budget deficits. The plan is part of Gov. Snyder’s budget recommendations. Currently, there are 46 school districts with budget deficits.

EAA alternative bill discharged from Committee

Bills which provide an alternative to the expansion of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) have been moved out of the House Education Committee and await action on the House floor. HB 5268 and HB 5269, sponsored by Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids), will allow ISDs to have a part in assisting struggling schools.

Increasing number of school districts facing credit rating downgrades

The proliferation of charter schools throughout Michigan has left many school districts in serious financial trouble, according to a new report from Wall Street, leaving thousands of children without critical classroom resources.

MEA VP urges House to take action to prevent school violence

MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan urged members of the state House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to pass the Student Safety Act, which would provide students with modern methods to anonymously report threats to school safety.

Teachers providing feedback on proposed new evaluation system

MEA staff lobbyists are meeting with teachers throughout the state to get their thoughts on a proposed new statewide system for evaluating teachers.

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness released a report this summer with recommendations for creating a “fair, transparent and feasible” system for evaluating teachers and school administrators, which would replace the 800 different systems currently in place across Michigan.

MEA lobbyists working proactively on positive bills to help school employees and students

​One of the many advantages of MEA membership is having an organized and powerful voice for teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees.

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