MEA President Steven Cook today strongly condemned Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling that would have returned more than $550 million taken from school employees’ paychecks to fund retiree health care.
EAST LANSING, July 5, 2016 — The following can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook:
"It's unconscionable that Gov. Snyder has chosen to continue appealing the recent court decision that school employees should be refunded the 3 percent of their salary that was illegally taken from them.
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.
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.
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.