As the lame duck legislative session winds down and the year comes to a close, many school employees are wondering when they will see the return of money taken from their paychecks to fund retiree health care – the subject of an ongoing six-year court battle waged by MEA.
LANSING — The selection of Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education is an affront to students and education professionals in Michigan, according to the leaders of Michigan’s school employee unions, the American Federation of Teachers Michigan and the Michigan Education Association.
UPDATE (11/30): Senate Fiscal Analysis of SB 102 shows significant costs for school districts
The Senate Fiscal Agency today testified in the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that a proposal to dismantle the school employee retirement system would cost the state $1.6B to $3.8B over five years, as reported by the Detroit Free Press today.
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A change in state law now requires that school employees who suspect abuse or neglect of a child must personally report their suspicions directly to state authorities. Employees designated as mandatory reporters no longer can have someone else make the call for them, and all reports must be made immediately to Child Protective Services. Teachers,…
Beginning in the first pay period of 2017, some school employees may have more money deducted from their paychecks for retirement savings unless they opt out during a small December window. Members who miss the December opt-out will have the withdrawal made from their first paycheck in January, but they can choose to opt out…
In Michigan teen death rates from accidents and disease dropped in recent years, while they rose for suicide. Schools can do something about that. Powerful new – free – programs are available for high schools to help both students and staff recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and know what to do if…
MEA members in good standing can submit artwork for an annual art exhibition and sale that results in some pieces being purchased for display at MEA headquarters or regional offices. Entries to the 53rd Annual MEA/Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition will be accepted from Feb. 20 – March 4, 2017. Works…
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