Lame Duck Day 10 Update – 12/18 

The fourth (and hopefully final) week of Lame Duck is underway, with legislation mandating letter grading for schools narrowly winning passage in the Senate, a new drain on School Aid Fund dollars being promoted, and rekindled consideration of new education savings accounts that again try to move public money to private entities. Senate Passes A-F…

Lame Duck Day 9 Update – 12/13

Week 3 of Lame Duck wrapped up with little action.  After their late night/early morning session on Wednesday, the State House did not hold session during the day on Thursday.  The Senate was in session, but took no action on any bills MEA has been monitoring, including union recertification, innovative schools or teacher prep.  The…

Statement of MEA President Paula Herbart on passage of “A-F” grading bill

EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the State House’s passage of HB 5526: “Early this morning, the House of Representatives passed another so-called ‘education reform’ bill that does nothing to support struggling schools or increase student achievement.  HB 5526, mandating A-F letter grades for Michigan schools, would abandon…

Lame Duck Day 7 Update – 12/11

Innovative Schools and Teacher Prep Fail to make it out of Senate Education Committee Innovative Schools (HB 6314-6315) and the Teacher Prep Package (HB 5598-5605) failed to make it out of Senate Education Committee today – a victory in the fight to stop bills on education moving quickly through lame duck. Thank you to everyone…