MERC rules against August opt-window

On Sept. 23, 2015, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) ruled that MEA’s August opt-window violated the anti-union Michigan right-to-work (RTW) law which went into effect on March 28, 2013. MEA wasn’t successful in getting a stay in this case, but our appeal of MERC’s decision still continues.
As part of the Sept. 23 Decision and Order of MERC, the last sentence of Article I of the MEA Bylaws is no longer being enforced as currently written. Article I states,

Michigan schools recognized for their innovative approach to education

Four Michigan schools have been named as Top Innovative K-12 Schools by Noodle, a comprehensive website for education information and resources. The site lists 41 schools, out of a total 140,000 schools in the United States, that have moved away from traditional learning environments. 

State Board adopts science standards; social studies still being reviewed

The State Board of Education (SBE) has adopted statewide science standards, but it could be five to seven years before they’re fully implemented. The standards for social studies are still coming under scrutiny, and the timeline to adopt them has been pushed back to January.