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Michigan teachers announce support of common-sense tenure reform

EAST LANSING, Mich., Tuesday, June 28, 2011 — Public school teachers from across Michigan today announced their support of a state Senate proposal that would reform teacher tenure while protecting school employees’ basic due process and collective bargaining rights.

Senate Bill 503, introduced by state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), is a more common-sense and thoughtful approach to tenure reform than radical legislation passed recently by the state House.

MEA supports new Senate tenure reform bill

SB 503 addresses real issues with tenure while continuing to protect good teachers

LANSING, Mich., June 23, 2011 — The Michigan Education Association is in full support of a new Senate bill that addresses the real issues with tenure – the time and money involved in dismissing a teacher who is proven to be ineffective.

MEA launches statewide TV ads to hold politicians accountable for cutting schools

EAST LANSING, Mich., May 26, 2011— The Michigan Education Association released television ads this week calling on state politicians to “stop robbing our kids’ future” and to  reject cuts to the state’s K-12 budget.

MEA response to Senate votes on HB 4152 and SB 7

Salters: 'Yet another assault on public education and the middle class'

"Today's votes in the Michigan Senate on HB 4152 and SB 7 are yet another assault on public education and the middle class.

"On the heels of their votes to slash business taxes while cutting education and raising taxes on seniors and the working poor, Republican leaders continue to rob public employees.  School employees have been sharing in our state's sacrifice for the past decade, taking concessions through collective bargaining at the local level.  


Republican Senate leader says “no guarantee” legislation will create jobs

LANSING - Today the Michigan State Senate voted to raise taxes on seniors and working families to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break for corporate special interests like insurance companies, oil companies and Wall Street banks. More than a quarter of the Senate Republican caucus voted to reject the measure, forcing a 19-19 tie, which was broken by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

MEA members elect new officers

MEA members attending the association’s Spring Representative Assembly elected a new president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer. Steven B. Cook, a paraprofessional from Lansing, will serve as the next president of the state’s largest school employee union.

MEA president: Crisis votes to be discussed with MEA board, not released publicly

EAST LANSING, Mich., Thursday, April 28, 2011 -- Related to media coverage and requests surrounding crisis votes by MEA locals statewide, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:

"At their last meeting, the MEA Board of Directors voted to ask our more than 1,100 locals to conduct elections authorizing MEA to initiate crisis activities up to and including job action and report those results to the MEA President in time for their next meeting, which is today.

Snyder school budget cuts cast shadow on today's education address

MEA president responds to governor’s special message on education

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 27, 2011 –Against a backdrop of drastic cuts to education funding, Gov. Rick Snyder revealed his education plan for Michigan today, covering a variety of topics including early childhood education, teacher training, tenure, merit pay, charter schools and more.

Suggested reading: Credible research on education policy issues

On April 27, Gov. Rick Snyder announced wide-ranging changes for public education, including merit pay, teacher experience and seniority-based layoffs, virtual learning, and charter schools. For credible research on these topics, we offer the following:

Let’s not emulate the Badger state

In his monthly column in The Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark T. Gaffney writes about current efforts to thwart collective bargaining and the comparisons with Wisconsin, where public employee bargaining rights have been attacked.