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SB 1040 TROs still in place

School employees received another win in the ongoing legal battle over SB 1040. Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied the state’s Motion for Stay of the Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) in the cases brought by MEA and AFT-Michigan.  As part of its decision, the Court agreed to hear the appeals and established an expedited briefing schedule for the case.

Collective bargaining in the auto industry featured in new POJ ad

The Protect Our Jobs campaign has released another ad today. "Rescue" is a 30-second spot featuring an auto worker discussing how collective bargaining saved the auto industry.

AG uses 'faulty legal arguments' to stop collective bargaining amendment

Supporters of the collective bargaining ballot proposal fired back today against Attorney General Bill Schuette's attempt to deny voters the chance to decide the issue in November.

In a news release, legal expert Andrew Nickelhoff said, "The Attorney General's opinion, which is not binding, is a political document on behalf of opponents of working families. This is not a substantive legal argument."

Michigan finally gets NCLB waiver

Michigan finally received a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates. In the latest round of announcements, Michigan joins Mississippi, South Carolina and the District of Columbia. So far, 32 states have received waivers with eight states being conditionally approved.

Mosaica ‘buys’ Muskegon Heights schools

The new Muskegon Heights Public School Academy will be run by Mosaica Education, Inc., a charter school management company established in 1987 and based in New York. Mosaica beat out the Leona Group, a Phoenix-based charter school management company. Mosaica currently operates six charter schools in Michigan.

Just the facts on funding, salaries, pensions

Talk of education reform in Michigan eventually turns to per pupil funding and the salaries and benefits of school employees.  Budget talks this year showed legislators intent on reforming how the state funds its schools and how it pays its teacher. But the data shows that Michigan isn’t leading the pack when it comes to the funding of schools and pensions or teacher salaries.

Michigan loses out again in NCLB waiver request

Five more states are getting waivers to No Child Left Behind's mandate--Michigan isn't one of them. Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Virginia and Utah join 19 other states that won't have to meet the law's requirement that all students are proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Read ten books--get a deal on Tigers tickets!

The Detroit Tigers are once again sponsoring the Michigan Reads Summer Reading program that makes any Michigan K-12 student who reads 10 books eligible for discounted Detroit Tiger tickets.

Little help for schools in new budget

Gov. Snyder signed into law the 2012-13 $48 billion budget this week. The new budget year begins Oct. 1. 

Female legislators silenced on House floor

The business of the last day of session was sidetracked when Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) were barred from speaking on the House floor because of their opposition to an anti-abortion bill. The two were singled out for their language and actions that Republicans claimed did not “maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.”

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