Lame Duck Day 6 Update – 12/6

Innovative Schools Passes House While A-F Waits In very close votes, the Innovative Schools Bills (HB 6314-6315) passed the House late on Thursday and head to the Senate for further consideration.  These bills would create a new type of “innovative” school or district exempt from many existing requirements. Such a designation would allow a school…

Lame Duck Day 5 Update – 12/5

Union Recertification Passes though Committee One Day after being Introduced SB 1260, which would require public employee unions to recertify their membership every two years, passed through the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee 4-1. The bill includes a $500,000 appropriation which makes it referendum proof – even though unions would be forced to pay for these…

Tell Reps – VOTE NO on “innovative schools” bills that create new commission, vouchers

A new “shadow State Board” and a “cafeteria-style” school voucher program could be created if the House passes so-called “innovative schools” legislation. New intel is that the bills could come up for a vote on the House floor TODAY. Please call or email your lawmakers TODAY and urge them to oppose HBs 6314-6315. In concert with the proposed A-F…

ACT NOW to Stop Damaging Bills

Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are pushing hard to pass damaging education bills before a new Legislature can be seated. MEA lobbyists need your help—NOW IS THE TIME TO RAISE YOUR VOICE. Education policy changes being bandied about both chambers in the eleventh hour could increase the stakes on standardized test scores…