Republican leaders in the House and Senate today pushed ahead with plans to close the school employee retirement system to new hires despite reluctance from Gov. Rick Snyder and other GOP lawmakers over staggering cost estimates from the state’s own budget experts and independent studies.
For many, latest pension legislation will be last straw
May 23, 2017 — The latest attempt by legislative leaders to destroy the school employee pension system adds to a long list of attacks on wages, benefits, collective bargaining rights and even the dignity of the teaching profession – attacks that are taking a toll.
Forty years ago, female teachers hid their pregnancies to keep their jobs. They made lower wages than their male counterparts. Discrimination and gender disparities were the reality for Karen White’s mother, Nancy, a teacher in Fraser.
For a split second, MEA member Leigh Osentoski thought her student was joking around – until reality set in.
Everyone showed up for the housewarming party at MEA member Jeff Smith’s new digs last weekend – even the high school marching band – as the Algonac teacher and his young sons received the ceremonial key to a Habitat for Humanity house.
Teachers can apply now to serve on a key state leadership panel that will be guiding the future of public education in Michigan.
This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, including yesterday’s celebration of Teacher Day/School Family Day – a time to appreciate teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, aides, nurses, counselors, para-educators, maintenance workers, custodians, food services workers – the myriad of caring adults who together create our transformative public schools!
Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers accepted into the 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property from July 16-21 in Denver, conducted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with the University of Denver.
Education Support Professionals (ESP) who complete either of two upcoming NEA webinars will be eligible to receive credit in MEA’s ESP certification program. Both webinars are free and aimed at ESP audiences.
Senate Republicans had a choice to make this week – fixing roads or gutting school employee pensions – and they decided their priority is to eliminate retirement security for the dedicated professionals who staff our public schools.