Snyder Signs DPS Restructuring Plan

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 Delivers 33,000 Signatures on 3% Case to Snyder, Schuette

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. 

Education Budget Passes with Foundation Increases Intact

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.