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Snyder school budget cuts cast shadow on today's education address

MEA president responds to governor’s special message on education

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 27, 2011 –Against a backdrop of drastic cuts to education funding, Gov. Rick Snyder revealed his education plan for Michigan today, covering a variety of topics including early childhood education, teacher training, tenure, merit pay, charter schools and more.

Suggested reading: Credible research on education policy issues

On April 27, Gov. Rick Snyder announced wide-ranging changes for public education, including merit pay, teacher experience and seniority-based layoffs, virtual learning, and charter schools. For credible research on these topics, we offer the following:

Let’s not emulate the Badger state

In his monthly column in The Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark T. Gaffney writes about current efforts to thwart collective bargaining and the comparisons with Wisconsin, where public employee bargaining rights have been attacked.

Broad coalition of students, seniors, workers protest Gov. Snyder’s budget plan

LANSING - Today thousands of Michigan residents from more than a dozen cities across the state rode buses to Lansing to send a message to Gov. Snyder and State Legislators that it’s time time start standing up for working and middle class families. After two weeks of paid vacation, Legislative  committees will convene this week to begin voting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan.

NEA opposes federal budget deal

FY2011 continuing resolution reflects wrong priorities

 WASHINGTON—The National Education Association (NEA) opposes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 continuing resolution that cuts key education and core programs that serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Everyone must make hard choices during these tough economic times, but our kids should not bear the brunt of the burden,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

Gov. Snyder’s education cuts worse than reported for many school districts

Dozens of districts face cuts greater than $1,000 per pupil

Nearly 200 Michigan school districts face cuts greater than $500 per student under Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, according to the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency.

MEA applauds judge’s ruling that extra 3 percent school employee retirement health contribution is unconstitutional

April 4, 2011 - Regarding today’s ruling that the Legislature requiring an additional 3 percent contribution by school employees for retiree health insurance is unconstitutional, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:

“We’re pleased to see this decision come down on the side of public school employees and their families. We’ve long maintained that last year’s actions by lawmakers were unconstitutional – even the Legislature has to follow due process of law. 

NEA president emphasizes collaboration is key to transforming schools

WASHINGTON—National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel today joined other community and education leaders in a panel discussion on education policy at the National Action Network 20th Anniversary National Convention.

Critical list

Updated April 4, 2011 – Units are put on MEA’s critical list when efforts to reach a contract stall or when bargaining has been protracted and unproductive and school district employees feel they need assistance from the community and MEA to reach a fair and equitable contract settlement.