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Two views of teacher compensation

As long as there are continued education funding cuts and tight budgets, teacher salaries will be scrutinized and debated. Two new studies add fuel to both sides of the issue.

No retirement contribution refund for public school employees

As of right now, public school employees will not be getting a refund of their 3 percent retirement contribution that state employees are getting. We are still awaiting a decision on our issue from the Michigan Court of Appeals who heard oral arguments on Oct. 19.

State Board of Education skeptical of SB 619

The state Board of Education has passed a resolution opposing SB 619, which lifts the cap on cyber schools.

MEA General Counsel advises Council on Educator Effectiveness

MEA’s General Counsel, Arthur Przybylowicz, was one of several speakers today at the first meeting of the Governor’s Council on Educator Effectiveness.

School board elections move to November

Today, Gov. Snyder signed into law PA 232 and PA 233, which require school districts to hold elections during the general elections in November of even-numbered years beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Voters recall Paul Scott -- "This is what democracy looks like."

Alongside citizens on the ground in the 51st House District, MEA members, leaders and staff pulled off what hasn’t happened in this state for more than two decades—the recall of a sitting legislator. Last night’s recall of Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) marks the first time in state history that a Republican has been recalled.

House Education Committee takes up SB 618

After much debate, the Senate narrowly passed SB 618 and the same debate seems to be brewing in the House Education Committee as expressed by the Committee Vice Chair Rep. Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center). A former teacher, Hooker is concerned that the bill to lift the cap on charter schools may harm traditional public schools. While he supports the idea of giving parents choices, he said he has no position on the bill right now.

Video contest goes green

Consumers Energy is sponsoring a statewide student video contest that features how renewable energy can make a difference in the world. The winning school will receive a $5,000 prize for the most original video. Students can sign up through their high school administrator. Only one video per school is allowed and the deadline is November 15. Go to www.greenscenescontest.com for more information.

School employee relatives barred from school board

Citing a blatant conflict of interest, Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) last week introduced SB 773 which would prohibit the spouse, child, parent or sibling of school employees from serving on the district’s school board. 

Will third time be the charm for RTT funds?

Michigan is making its third application to receive a Race to the Top (RTT) funds. So far, 35 states are vying for $500 million for education reform.

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