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 The following key points are helpful when communicating with colleagues, policymakers, and others. Use these “talking points” to jump start an association meeting, a letter to the editor, or a conversation with community members or a legislator.

Budget update: Lawmakers move ahead with cuts

Schools with half-day kindergarten programs would receive less funding, a move that will exacerbate the budget crisis in many districts, under a budget plan that advanced in Lansing this week.

Thousands protest attacks on middle class at the Capitol

Lawmakers press budget plan

Thousands of Michigan residents attended the We Are the People protest at the Capitol Wednesday to tell lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder that it's time to stand up for working and middle class families.

Broad coalition of students, seniors, workers protest Gov. Snyder’s budget plan

LANSING - Today thousands of Michigan residents from more than a dozen cities across the state rode buses to Lansing to send a message to Gov. Snyder and State Legislators that it’s time time start standing up for working and middle class families. After two weeks of paid vacation, Legislative  committees will convene this week to begin voting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan.

NEA opposes federal budget deal

FY2011 continuing resolution reflects wrong priorities

 WASHINGTON—The National Education Association (NEA) opposes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 continuing resolution that cuts key education and core programs that serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Everyone must make hard choices during these tough economic times, but our kids should not bear the brunt of the burden,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

Mandated 20 percent worker health care contribution passes Senate committee

Legislation making every public employee pay at least 20 percent of their health insurance passed a Senate committee this morning.

SJR C and SB 7 won approval from the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on party-line votes.

Update on other imminent action

Health care bill, tenure, pensions on tap

In addition to dealing with the K-12 school aid budget, lawmakers are expected to take up several other important issues that will affect all public education employees, including health care.

Here's an overview:

Gov. Snyder’s education cuts worse than reported for many school districts

Dozens of districts face cuts greater than $1,000 per pupil

Nearly 200 Michigan school districts face cuts greater than $500 per student under Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, according to the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency.

NEA president emphasizes collaboration is key to transforming schools

WASHINGTON—National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel today joined other community and education leaders in a panel discussion on education policy at the National Action Network 20th Anniversary National Convention.

Judge rules 3 percent retirement health contribution is unconstitutional

Siding with MEA members, a judge has ruled that the Legislature requiring an additional 3 percent contribution by school employees for retiree health insurance is unconstitutional.