LANSING, Mich., Nov. 13, 2013 — MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan urged members of the state House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to pass the Student Safety Act, which would provide students with modern methods to anonymously report threats to school safety.
The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills Tuesday that would fix a number of problems with a state law that limits the amount that school districts can pay toward their employees’ health care premiums.
MEA members and their UniServ Directors are working hard at the local level to make much-needed fixes to state health insurance laws affecting school employees, and along the way are demonstrating that local lobbying and advocacy pays off.
In partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum and the Michigan Historical Center, Detroit Public Television is hosting a professional development experience for educators on Oct. 24 in Detroit centered around the PBS television series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”
The Pontiac School District has avoided an emergency manager after officials in the beleaguered district were able to reach a consent agreement with the Snyder Administration this week, but state officials will still assume an immense amount of power over the district’s employees.
The president of the State Board of Education said Wednesday that the board has the authority to implement the Common Core State Standards, but acknowledged that funding the implementation process would be problematic without support from lawmakers.