The Michigan Supreme Court is sending the "3 percent case" back to the Michigan Court of Appeals for reconsideration. The case involves the constitutionality of PA 75 of 2010 to require all school employees to pay an extra 3 percent into a fund for retiree health insurance. The Court vacated the prior ruling of the Michigan Court of Appeals which agreed with the Court of Claims that the practice is unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court is sending the case back there for reconsideration.  

The Court of Appeals must also consider what issues in PA 75 have been superseded by the Supreme Court's decision in the PA 300 case. And they are to deal with any outstanding issues that may emerge regarding PA 75 that were not affected by PA 300.

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You only have until July 14-next Tuesday-- to register for MEA's 2015 Summer Leadership Conference, "Power from the Past-A Force for the Future." The Conference is scheduled for July 28-30 at Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Marie.

slc - CopyMEA's power has always come from the strength and dedication of its leaders and members. That power hasn't been diminished by the challenges we've had to face. As a matter of fact, it's the commitment and determination of MEA leaders and members who are taking this organization into a future where we are an influential member of the education community.

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Public Sector Consultants, a non-partisan public policy research firm in Lansing, has released a report offering financial recommendations and policy proposals to move Michigan forward. This comes on the heels of new State Superintendent Brian Whiston's goal of making Michigan one of the top 10 states in the next 10 years.

Bridge magazine featured the report, "Study offers financial, policy road map for Michigan education reform," which concludes that Whiston's goal won't be met without changes in state funding and more cooperation among groups that have a stake in Michigan's public education. The analysis begins with the premise that when state funding levels dropped, so did student achievement levels.

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