The most prominent education-related bills to pass the Legislature in this month’s lame duck session include a softening of zero-tolerance policies and a ban on the use of seclusion and restraint with students except in the case of emergencies.
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.
SB 279-280 impacts union release time; now includes ban on payroll deduction of dues for community colleges
We need members to join the fight against yet another anti-labor measure being pushed by the Legislature’s Republican leadership.
UPDATE 12/9 – According to the Detroit News, this “techincal fix” to tax refund law which would cost more than $400 million for schools next year has been dropped as an issue for the lame duck legislative session. Stay tuned for more on this issue when the Legislature returns in Janauary!
EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association is praising the Senate’s decision to table costly legislation that would have forced all new school employees into a defined contribution, 401(k)-style retirement plan.
“Tabling this discussion rather than ramming this legislation through is the right decision,” said MEA President Steven Cook. “Education leaders and fiscal experts agree that dismantling the school employee retirement system would have been bad for school employees, parents, kids and taxpayers.”
LANSING — 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.
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.
It’s official-Michigan’s new Speaker of the House, Rep. Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt), says one of his top priorities will be to come after educator pensions.
Changes are coming to education policy in Michigan, and several opportunities exist for MEA members and others to get involved.