Attend Tuesday Evening 3% Vigils; Wear Red Wednesday for Supreme Court Hearing

Tuesday evening, MEA and AFT Michigan members will join together at Flashlight Vigils across the state to “Shine a Light” on the long-running 3% case. Learn more about (and RSVP for) the vigils happening around sunset on Tuesday, including one outside the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing on the eve of oral arguments in the…

Contact Representatives TODAY about Charter Money Grab, Certification Attack

The State House is considering two bills that MEA members need to speak up on right away! Last Thursday, a House committee voted to send SB 574 to the full chamber for consideration. This bill would give for-profit charter schools a cut of regional enhancement millages that voters approve to supplement funding for neighborhood public schools.…

Action Needed From Parents, Educators to Stop Latest For-Profit Charter Money Grabs

Parents, community members and educators need to take action to stop legislation giving for-profit charter schools a cut of millages that voters approve to supplement funding for neighborhood public schools.

SB 574 would require money from regional enhancement millages to be given to charter and virtual schools located in the communities that approve the additional taxes. Enhancement millages are regional tax levies approved by voters within a region and administered by intermediate school districts.

Under SB 574, the money raised would have to be split with charter schools that exist in the region and virtual schools that are headquartered within its boundaries. Six regions currently have enhancement millages through these ISD’s: Wayne-RESA, Kalamazoo, Kent, Midland, Monroe, and Muskegon.

The bill passed the State Senate this week and now heads to the House for further consideration and debate. State Representatives need to hear now from constituents – especially parents – to oppose this new money grab being pushed by for-profit charter and cyber schools.

Wear Red for Public Ed on Tuesday, Jan. 17th

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. DeVos and her wealthy, right-wing family are no strangers to Michigan educators and students, who have suffered for years under policies the DeVoses have pushed as mega-donors to the Republican Party. That’s why…

MEA calls move to table school employee retirement changes ‘the right decision’

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.”