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Senate committee passes cyber bullying bill

A bill that would require school districts to adopt policies to combat cyber bullying was recently approved by a state Senate committee and could soon make its way before the full Senate.

Common Core resolution introduced in state Senate

After numerous delays, Common Core could soon be implemented in Michigan.

State Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 on Thursday, which would authorize the state Department of Education to finally move forward with implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Bill would require all school employees to report child abuse to authorities

Education support professionals, coaches and anyone else employed by a school would be required to report suspected child abuse under a bill being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives.

State Senate passes fixes to law that caps districts’ contributions toward employees’ health care premiums

The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills Tuesday that would fix a number of problems with a state law that limits the amount that school districts can pay toward their employees’ health care premiums.

MEA backs legislation requiring schools to carry life-saving ‘EpiPens’

MEA supports legislation introduced in the state House that would require all Michigan schools to have epinephrine devices, also known as “EpiPens,” on hand to provide emergency treatment to students with allergies.

State legislators considering numerous cuts to school revenues

Numerous niche tax breaks doled out by the state are eroding Michigan’s School Aid Fund, resulting in fewer resources for local schools, and education advocates are united in opposing these tax giveaways.

MEA members working closely with GOP senators on fixes to health insurance law

MEA members and their UniServ Directors are working hard at the local level to make much-needed fixes to state health insurance laws affecting school employees, and along the way are demonstrating that local lobbying and advocacy pays off.

House committee lifts ban on Common Core

The state House passed a resolution Thursday to lift the ban on implementing the Common Core State Standards, allowing the standards to go forward pending final approval from the Senate.

When the Legislature passed the Department of Education budget this summer, it inserted a ban on funding Common Core implementation — despite three years of preparation by teachers and school administrators.

Retired teacher sues state over pension tax

A retired teacher from Troy Public Schools has filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan for breaking its promise that school and state employees’ pensions wouldn’t be taxed.

Thomas R. Okrie made the irrevocable decision to retire from Troy Public Schools, effective July 1, 2000, and began collecting his pension through the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.

Federal special education cuts softened, but only for this year

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