Loss of Librarians Hurts Literacy Efforts

By Brenda Ortega

MEA Editor

Certified school librarians are an endangered species in Michigan.

Even as politicians have toughened academic standards and passed a strict new third grade reading law, school districts across the state have cut professional library staff to balance budgets under pressure from state per-pupil funding cuts.

Some Members Face Increased Retirement Deductions or Opt-Out Choice

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…