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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.

House passes bill requiring schools to hold three lockdown drills per year, post records online

The state House passed legislation Wednesday that would require K-12 schools to hold three lockdown drills per school year, as well as post verification on their websites that they’ve completed each drill.

Workgroup aims to transform teacher evaluation recommendations into legislation

A bi-partisan workgroup of legislators, education advocates and others is working to take the Michigan Council on Education Effectiveness’ recommendations for creating a new statewide teacher evaluation system and transform them into legislation.

MEA President Steve Cook highlights perils of cyber schools in Detroit News column

The proliferation of corporate cyber schools is having a detrimental effect on Michigan students, and it’s time for taxpayers to take a stand and demand that policymakers stop diverting public dollars to for-profit virtual schools, MEA President Steve Cook wrote in a column published Wednesday in the Detroit News.

State Senate votes to lift Common Core ban

The state Senate voted Thursday to lift Michigan’s ban on the Common Core State Standards and allow the Michigan Department of Education to move forward in implementing them.

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