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"Unconscionable": MEA President's response to Snyder decision to appeal 3% suit

EAST LANSING, July 5, 2016 — The following can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook:
 
"It's unconscionable that Gov. Snyder has chosen to continue appealing the recent court decision that school employees should be refunded the 3 percent of their salary that was illegally taken from them.

State Report Points to Inequity, Need for Increased School Spending in Michigan

Michigan needs to spend more money on education across the board to help school districts boost student achievement, and additional per-pupil funding for special needs students should be added on top of that, according to a long-awaited state-commissioned report issued today.

Snyder Signs DPS Restructuring Plan

With no fanfare or public ceremony, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to restructure Detroit Public Schools, and with the stroke of his pen uncertified teachers will be allowed to run classrooms in Detroit – no high school diploma, no college degree, no training required. 
 
As predicted, it didn't take long for that bad idea to spread. Even before Snyder's under-the-radar signing of the bill, conservative voices last weekend began calling for uncertified teachers to be allowed in classrooms across the state

MEA Delivers 33,000 Signatures on 3% Case to Snyder, Schuette

MEA President Steven Cook and several MEA members helped to deliver more than 33,000 petition signatures to the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette today, demanding they stop wasting taxpayer money appealing court rulings that say school employees are owed $550 million from unconstitutional paycheck deductions. 

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