Lame Duck Day 6 Update – 12/6

Innovative Schools Passes House While A-F Waits In very close votes, the Innovative Schools Bills (HB 6314-6315) passed the House late on Thursday and head to the Senate for further consideration.  These bills would create a new type of “innovative” school or district exempt from many existing requirements. Such a designation would allow a school…

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Lame Duck Day 5 Update – 12/5

Union Recertification Passes though Committee One Day after being Introduced SB 1260, which would require public employee unions to recertify their membership every two years, passed through the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee 4-1. The bill includes a $500,000 appropriation which makes it referendum proof – even though unions would be forced to pay for these…

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Tell Reps – VOTE NO on “innovative schools” bills that create new commission, vouchers

A new “shadow State Board” and a “cafeteria-style” school voucher program could be created if the House passes so-called “innovative schools” legislation. New intel is that the bills could come up for a vote on the House floor TODAY. Please call or email your lawmakers TODAY and urge them to oppose HBs 6314-6315. In concert with the proposed A-F…

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Calls & Emails Needed on Union Release Time, Recertification

MEA has learned that the House Education Committee will take up the union release time legislation (SBs 795-796 and HBs 6474 and 5368) at their next committee meeting tomorrow morning.  They may have the votes to pass that legislation on to the House floor for action.  However, our lobbying efforts with State Representatives are working!  There…

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Legislators urged to flunk “A-F” grading bill

EAST LANSING – Republican State Board of Education member Tom McMillin today joined MEA President Paula Herbart in urging legislators not to move forward with passage of HB 5526, creating a new “A-F” school grading system. “This new grading scheme will do nothing to improve low performing schools nor will it increase student achievement. However…

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