ICYMI: Legislative action expected

Watch for action this fall on some key education priorities in the Michigan Legislature, including:

Senate Bill 395 to amend Michigan’s teacher evaluation system to remove student growth from educator scores, eliminate punitive aspects of the system to focus on teacher development, and get rid of mandates to test kindergarten students in the first 30 school days, among several other provisions.

House Bill 4752 to change a nine-month waiting period for retired educators to work in schools and receive retirement benefits. Under substitute HB 4752, public school retirees could make up to $15,100 per calendar year in the first nine months after retirement and still receive pension and health benefits.

Add your voice to help pass these and other important measures! Visit mea.org/legislation to contact lawmakers, use our new legislative tracker to stay up to date, or sign up for our Capitol Comments e-newsletter.

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IN MEMORIAM

We are saddened to report the passing of Juwan Willis, whose exceptional contributions to his Oakland County CTE students and colleagues were featured in the December Voice magazine cover story. On behalf of the entire MEA, we send deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and students.