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.

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.