Michigan needs to spend more money on education across the board to help school districts boost student achievement, and additional per-pupil funding for special needs students should be added on top of that, according to a long-awaited state-commissioned report issued today.
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With no fanfare or public ceremony, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to restructure Detroit Public Schools, and with the stroke of his pen uncertified teachers will be allowed to run classrooms in Detroit – no high school diploma, no college degree, no training required. 
 
As predicted, it didn't take long for that bad idea to spread. Even before Snyder's under-the-radar signing of the bill, conservative voices last weekend began calling for uncertified teachers to be allowed in classrooms across the state. 

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MEA President Steven Cook and several MEA members helped to deliver more than 33,000 petition signatures to the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette today, demanding they stop wasting taxpayer money appealing court rulings that say school employees are owed $550 million from unconstitutional paycheck deductions. 

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This isn’t a Clint Eastwood movie, unfortunately, but let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly in a state education budget that passed the House and Senate this week.

First the good news: Despite a last-minute drop in School Aid revenue projections, increased K-12 foundation allowances of $60-120 survived the ax. Community college and universities also will receive funding increases of 2.1 percent and 3.1 percent respectively – though those figures are smaller than earlier expected.



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Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s set to sign legislation allowing Detroit schoolchildren to be taught by uncertified teachers – no high school diploma, no college degree, no training required – as part of a DPS restructuring plan that passed the Senate Wednesday night with only Republican support. 


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