Senate Republicans Kahn, Jansen, Pavlov and Walker introduced Senate Bill 1040. This bill makes massive changes to the Michigan School Employee Pension System (MPSERS) and is designed to shift significant costs for pensions and retirement health care benefits onto school employees and retirees.
Spring has sprung. Election season is underway. And, as usual, politicians are trying to shore up their record by allocating more money for public education. However, after last year’s massive school budget cuts, voters won’t be tricked this year by politicians who are a day late and a dollar short.
A bill to change the rules on how petitions are circulated, HB 5063, passed the House on a 64-46 vote this week with an amendment that exempted current petition drives from mandatory Secretary of State approval. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
"Layered Earth I," a collage mix entry by Terry Junger of Perry
"Layered Earth I," a collage mix entry by Terry Junger of Perry won "Best in Show" at the 48th Annual MEA/MAEA Exhibit this past weekend. Junger’s work was chosen by juror Dr. Kim Huyler-Defibaugh from 99 entries.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook:
“Today the Michigan Legislature continued its assault on collective bargaining rights, passing legislation to prohibit school employees from paying their union dues through payroll deduction. This is a practice that has been used for years and is outlined in local collective bargaining agreements. It is yet another case where lawmakers are restricting the rights of school employees and interfering in local control.
Michigan is among 26 states that have applied for waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The waiver would free states from some ESEA requirements, in exchange for adopting key reforms. Eleven states have already received a waiver.
The National Education Association (NEA) today hosted a national reading kickoff event at The New York Public Library where actors Danny DeVito and Zac Efron read Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” to 300 New York public school elementary students.
Beyond the close numbers, yesterday’s election results said volumes about member commitment and voter discontent. It may have been a Republican presidential primary, but it didn’t stop voters—angry with what’s going on in Lansing—from making their voices heard at the ballot box.
The Senate acted quickly on Wednesday to make sure graduate student research assistants wouldn’t have a say in whether they could unionize or not. SB 971 was introduced last week, passed on a party-line vote by the Government Operations Committee on Tuesday and passed on the Senate floor on a 26-12 party line vote on Wednesday.
NEA's Read Across America Day--March 2--is going green this year to showcase the opening of The Lorax, the new animated version of the book by Dr. Seuss--whose birthday is celebrated with the Read Across America Day.