State budget experts say closing pension plan will cost taxpayers an extra $24 billion

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.

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Important Change in Mandatory Reporting Law

A change in state law now requires that school employees who suspect abuse or neglect of a child must personally report their suspicions directly to state authorities. Employees designated as mandatory reporters no longer can have someone else make the call for them, and all reports must be made immediately to Child Protective Services. Teachers,…

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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…

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Calling Artist-Members

MEA members in good standing can submit artwork for an annual art exhibition and sale that results in some pieces being purchased for display at MEA headquarters or regional offices. Entries to the 53rd Annual MEA/Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition will be accepted from Feb. 20 – March 4, 2017. Works…

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