Despite bipartisan support, legislation stalled on school employee pay and forgiveness for closure days

Michigan lawmakers adjourned last night without taking action to ensure all school employees get paid during this statewide school closure caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, despite bipartisan support and joint appeals from varied education organizations and educators across the state. Leaders from both the labor and management sides of the education community had worked together…

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State Legislative Update

A bill that would lift a prohibition on alternative certification routes to teach special education passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 657  would allow individuals who are pursuing permanent certification to seek an Interim Teaching Certificate (ITC) to teach in special education classrooms in public schools. The bill – meant…

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MEA announces initial federal candidate recommendations

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce the following recommendations of candidates for the U.S. Senate and for eight Michigan Congressional districts: – U.S. Senate – Gary Peters – 5th District – Dan Kildee – 6th District – Jon Hoadley – 8th District – Elissa Slotkin – 9th District – Andy…

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Governor Addresses Education in State of the State

MEA President Paula Herbart on Wednesday praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to help Michigan parents and children learn how they can avoid the punitive retention piece of the state’s new third grade reading law. “Gov. Whitmer should be commended for addressing how to truly help all Michigan children be better readers, without leaving behind our…

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Budget stalemate to continue into December after deal scuttled last week

Last week, a potential deal fell apart to end the standoff over supplemental appropriations to fill gaps in the state budget.  Now, with the Legislature’s fall hunting and Thanksgiving break upon us, a solution will likely wait until lawmakers return to Lansing in December. MEA members need to contact all our lawmakers and urge them…

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Herbart Slams Pensions for Potholes Schemes

MEA President Paula Herbart used her monthly “Labor Voices” column in The Detroit News to slam various schemes being floated by Republican leaders in the Legislature to bond, restructure, or reamortize the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. A pension is a promise of a secure retirement, she writes, but too often in Lansing pensions…

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