Monthly Archives: May 2013

House Republicans Move Forward Anti-Teacher Legislation Despite Objections From Almost Every Educational Group in the State

ShareThe House Education Committee passed a bill today (HB4625) that would institute merit pay for new teachers or for those wanting to opt into the merit pay system.  The bill would become law when the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness, whose members are all … Continue reading

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Fixing the Roads: The Issues, the Numbers, and Why Schools are Being Dragged Into the Mess

ShareA recent town hall meeting on road funding in Wexford County revealed a lot about the condition of our roads.  It also revealed the most likely scenario for funding ongoing road repairs. County Road Association of Michigan Deputy Director Ed Noyola set the … Continue reading

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George Bush/Dick DeVos Charter School Fundraiser Highlights Disturbing Future of Public Schools

ShareGeorge W. Bush and school privatization advocate Dick DeVos teamed up to raise over $400,000 for the West Michigan Aviation Academy this week.  West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is a public charter high school that already receives more money per pupil from the state than 511 of Michigan’s … Continue reading

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Showing the Math: Republicans Interference with Collective Bargaining Does More Harm Than Good

ShareIn 2011 Michigan Republican Legislators passed Public Act 152.  The law capped the amount of money a public employer can pay for its employee’s health insurance.  The law also impacted people who choose not to take the health insurance and instead take a cash amount in lieu … Continue reading

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