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Capitol update: What you need to know this week

Michigan senate

Lawmakers continue work this week on anti-collective bargaining legislation that would also dismantle teacher tenure.

House Bills 4625-4628 are on the agenda of the Senate Education Committee, which meets Wednesday. The bills previously passed in the House of Representatives. MEA members and staff have been working non-stop with legislators on a possible compromise that addresses what some say is the real problem -- the length of time it currently takes to dismiss tenured teachers.

Contact your state senator immediately to talk about this four-bill package. Your senators especially need to hear from rank-and-file school employees -- their constituents -- about how these bills will affect students and the community.

Great Lakes Center research questions Bush's Florida success

Jeb Bush continued to spread the story of the “Florida miracle” in a press conference with Gov. Snyder after his presentation to a joint meeting of the Senate and House Education committees. 

State Board of Ed. adopts accreditation standards

The new system addresses concerns that Education YES – the current accreditation system – doesn’t adequately measure districts and there are no sanctions for schools not accredited. 

MEA testifies on tenure bills

Michigan senate

Art Przybylowicz, MEA General Counsel, and Mary Aldecoa, Fowlerville teacher and EA president, testified before the Senate Education Committee on the four-bill tenure proposal passed by the House last week.

He pointed out that we can have tenure reform that is fair, less time consuming and expensive and still provide due process for the dismissal of ineffective teachers.

Przybylowicz spoke in opposition to House Bills 4625-4628 which amend tenure and dismantle collective bargaining calling them “poorly conceived, apparently hastily drafted, and based upon a faulty premise—the infallibility of building principals.”


How did your Representative vote on tenure legislation?

Find out how your state Representative voted on House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627 and 4628.

Jeb Bush offers a ‘road map of reform for Michigan’

Today, in a joint meeting of the Senate and House Education committees, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush claimed great success for his education reform plan in Florida—taking it from 50 out of 50 states in terms of student achievement to a 21 percent improvement in student test scores.

Changes to state employees’ retirement -- could we be next?

The House Appropriations Committee heard testimony today on HB 4701 and 4702 which would gut the state employees retirement health system and shift the $14.5 unfunded liability of the plan onto the backs of employees.

June 15, 2011 - Senate testimony before the Education Committee on Tenure Reform

MEA General Counsel Art Przybylowicz testifies before the Senate Education Committee on the four-bill tenure package.

Mary Aldecoa, Fowlerville teacher and EA president, provides the teacher perspective on tenure to the Senate Education Committee.

 

MEA fighting anti-collective bargaining bills in Senate

Michigan Senate
Michigan Senate

The Michigan Senate is the next stop for a four-bill package designed to unravel collective bargaining and tenure laws, legislation that would impact all public school employees.

Last week, the GOP-led state House passed House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 with bipartisan opposition after heavy lobbying from MEA members and staff. MEA will have an increased presence at the Capitol beginning Tuesday, with members and staff stepping up efforts to work with moderate senators willing to consider alternative ideas, including MEA-backed reforms to streamline the process of disciplining or discharging ineffective teachers with tenure.

Health care bills up in House committee

The House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee will continue its work this week on legislation dealing with public employee health care. The panel meets Tuesday to consider House Bills 4087 and 4572 and Senate Joint Resolution C.

Q&A: How will these bills impact me?

Answers to common questions about House Bills 4625-4628, including: What is the current status of these bills? Could "good teachers" lose their jobs if these bills become law? Could I be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with job performance?

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