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2012 Presidential debate schedule begins Wednesday

The first Presidential debate of Election 2012 is Wed., Oct. 3. The University of Denver will be hosting President Obama and Mitt Romney debating the issue of domestic policy. The moderator is Jim Lehrer, host of PBS “News Hour.”

Schools benefit from little-known government surplus program

Christmas has come early for more than 15 school districts who will be dividing up $500,000 worth of free government surplus technology equipment. The Pentagon’s Defense Reutilization Management Office (DRMO) makes the technology available to schools as federal agencies receive new equipment.

Webinars help with Common Core implementation

To help teachers incorporate the Common Core Standards (CCSS) into their English, Language Arts and math curriculum, MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department will be posting links to a series of webinars. The first webinar will be available at the end of October.

Here's a scorecard for ballot proposals

The Michigan League of Responsible Voters is a coalition of non-partisan organizations working to educate voters about the six proposals appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot.

MPSERS study goes to Chicago firm

A Chicago-based firm, Segal Co., has landed the $140,000 contract to conduct a legislative study called for in SB 1040--now PA 300. In addition to overhauling the insurance portion of the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS), the new law called for an outside firm to study the possibility of shutting down the current hybrid system and moving members to a 401(k) defined contribution system.

MEA, AFT score wins against SB 1040

The Governor's ink was barely dry on PA 300 (originally SB 1040) yesterday afternoon when MEA and AFT/Michigan were in court winning two temporary restraining orders on parts of the new law. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued the TROs and promised a full hearing on the constitutionality of the new law this fall.

Let MEA help you navigate SB 1040

The passage last week of SB 1040 has given MEA members more to think about than just the start of a new school year. Participants in the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) have until Oct. 26 to make choices about their retirement plans and MEA is helping out by providing information and sessions to guide you in making your decisions.

Will school employees see retirement contribution refunds?

Last week’s combination of the passage of SB 1040 and the Court of Appeals ruling that the existing 3 percent employee contribution for retirement health care is unconstitutional is raising questions about whether or not school employees will be seeing a refund of those funds, like state employees already have.

Collective bargaining off the ballot--for now

As expected, the Board of Canvassers split 2-2 on whether to put the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining on the November ballot. For now, the proposal is off the ballot. The Protect Our Jobs campaign will now take the fight for working families to the Michigan Supreme Court for a decision, bypassing the state Court of Appeals.

Will 700,000 voters be denied their voice?

There is more at stake tomorrow in addition to SB 1040. The Board of Canvassers will meet tomorrow to determine if the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining and working families should be on the November ballot or not.

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