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.

Harmful DPS Restructuring Plan Passes Senate, Goes to Snyder

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. 

MEA Wins Appeals Court Ruling in Hard-Fought 3 Percent Retirement Case

Once again a Michigan Appeals court has ruled in favor of MEA and AFT Michigan in the so-called 3 percent case involving unconstitutional deductions taken from school employees’ paychecks from 2010-12 to fund future health care in retirement.

The case illustrates the power of standing together and taking collective action, as the litigation has stretched over five years and across several appeals by the State of Michigan. We have prevailed at every juncture.