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The anti-union attacks continue -- bills attacking dues deduction, retirement introduced

In addition to Senate Bills 618-624, which would increase the number of charter schools, privatize teachers and allow for back-door school vouchers, both chambers have introduced legislation that would prohibit school districts from automatically deducting union dues from members' paychecks.

MDE releases school rankings, Persistently Low Achieving Schools list

On Friday, the Michigan Department of Education released two school ranking lists that continue to pit schools and districts against each other based on high-stakes standardized test scores.

Obama to address union workers after Detroit Labor Day Parade

The Detroit Labor Day Parade has always been a big event celebrating workers, but this year the parade takes on new importance with the announcement that President Barack Obama will speak to union workers at the end of the parade.

Lansing teachers lose appeal in assault case

The Court of Appeals ruled against three Lansing teachers who wanted a group of Lansing students expelled because of the students’ alleged assault on them.

Why right-to-work is wrong

The We Are the People coalition has released a Truth Squad video on why right-to-work is wrong.

House workgroup hears business input on public education

“Businesses in Michigan…How Do They Want to See Us Educate Our Children” was the agenda description for Wednesday’s meeting of the House Education Reform Workgroup. The committee heard presentations by a number of business owners, human resource personnel and the Grand Rapids Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Group announces campaign for anti-union laws in Michigan

A small group today announced plans to push so-called "right-to-work" laws in Michigan.

House moves to eliminate their own retirement health insurance

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan House of Representatives

Yesterday the House passed HB 4087 which ends legislative retiree health care for legislators elected after 2007. Under this legislation, future lawmakers and most of those currently serving in the Legislature would no longer be eligible for the benefit.

MEA influences changes to evaluation legislation

Yesterday, Rep. Tim Melton introduced HB 4796 to address the standards for teacher performance evaluations.

State Board of Ed. adopts accreditation standards

The new system addresses concerns that Education YES – the current accreditation system – doesn’t adequately measure districts and there are no sanctions for schools not accredited. 

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