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Look for the Labor Freedom Act to surface in January if the Michigan Freedom to Work (MIFTW) group has any say. Their goal is to turn Michigan into a right-to-work state and they are encouraging Republicans to take up the legislation.
Changing the retirement health benefits of school employees is one of the legislative goals House Republicans have set for this year.
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.
The state Board of Education has passed a resolution opposing SB 619, which lifts the cap on cyber schools.
MEA’s General Counsel, Arthur Przybylowicz, was one of several speakers today at the first meeting of the Governor’s Council on Educator Effectiveness.
As part of testimony before the House Education Committee, a charter school principal read a letter signed by more than 150 charter school principals, superintendents, and teachers who wanted to set the record straight regarding SB 618, legislation to lift the cap on charter schools.
Gov. Snyder is warning that some of the state aid for Michigan’s 15 public universities could be based on graduation rates or the number of specialized degrees the university awards.
The Legislature has only nine work days left in 2011 after it returns from break Nov. 29 to get key issues to the Governor for signature.
When it comes to education, the list of issues left to tackle include the collection of school employee union dues, so-called "education reform," and bullying.
While denying it is payback for the recall of Paul Scott, the Republican-led Legislature has SB 636 and HB 4588 on their agenda. Both bills prohibit public employers from collecting union dues via payroll deduction. MEA opposes the legislation. Contact your legislators and let them know that there must be an end to such partisan politics--especially when it doesn’t help kids or education and doesn’t create any new jobs.
With the passage this week of SB 427—along with the House passage of HB 4005—school board elections will be held at the general election in November of even-numbered years, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
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.