A prominent Michigan teacher has added his voice to the chorus of educators calling for the defeat of Senate Bills 713-715, the package of anti-strike legislation that MEA members across the state have been calling and writing their lawmakers to oppose.
Gov. Rick Snyder offered a budget proposal this week that includes more K-12 per-pupil funding, plus increases for higher education, community colleges and intermediate school districts. However, this is only the first step in the budget process, with legislative debate to continue throughout the spring before final school funding levels are adopted for next year.
MEA President Steve Cook shared a laundry list of issues with attendees at the 2016 Bargaining, Public Policy and Professional Development Conference in Detroit.