The tax plan that House Republicans hope to rush through Congress next week is a terrible deal for middle class families and students which will lead to cuts to public schools and overcrowded classrooms.Details
The Legislature is on recess until Tuesday, Nov. 28 for the hunting/Thanksgiving break, leaving Lansing without having taken further action on two bills MEA has been monitoring:Details
Yesterday evening, we received word that the State Senate would be considering a package of bills this week that would allow concealed weapons in gun-free zones like schools or churches.Details
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…Details
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.…Details
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