MEA is opposing a bill to create an alternative path to teacher certification in Career and Technical Education (CTE) that would allow anyone to teach those courses if they have a high school diploma or equivalent and a professional license in a subject matter or field, such as plumbing or electrical. Contact your lawmakers to oppose…Details
A bill that would give money from school enhancement millages to for-profit charter schools is expected to get a vote in a state House committee today—contact your representatives today, and encourage parents and community members to get involved. Your calls and emails have started to make a difference. Changes to SB 574 are planned that would only give money…Details
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.Details
The state Supreme Court this week issued notice that oral arguments will be heard in early November in the 3 percent retirement case that MEA has waged through seven years and several appeals by Gov. Rick Snyder. The court will hear arguments on November 7 or 8 in the union’s 2010 lawsuit seeking the return…Details
In the last week, Gov. Snyder has signed legislation setting the education budget for next year and enacting retirement changes for new school employees. The retirement legislation, SB 401, passed in June despite bipartisan opposition. An analysis of the bill shows the variety of impacts it will have on new school employee retirement, including maintaining a…Details
Building off of the successful Women’s Marches in January, this Saturday, July 22, activists will March for Public Education in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the country. In Michigan, marchers will gather in Detroit at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their goal is to “stop the attack on…Details
The bill that would ban school calendar and schedule as topics of bargaining did not come up for a vote this week – your calls and emails to lawmakers ensured the state House leadership could not rally enough “yes” votes to forward HB 4163 to the Senate.Details