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Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools

Bill would cap school choice

… new charter public schools in Michigan. The gist … appropriately and we won t be spending much time on it. One … new cap on charter schools. Introduction … whose money they are spending, and that the primary … more

10 Facts About Pension Systems in Michigan

Why reform is so vital

… Michigan. 1. The school retirement system (MPSERS) … districts and current employees spend on pensions goes to … Teachers and other school employees are likely … percent of current spending is for the retirement … more

Michigan Now Spending More on Teacher Retiree Liabilities Than Prisons

Pension costs are crowding out other state funding

… underfunding for the public school employees pension liabilities … state of Michigan will spend more money in 2015 on … the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement … health care than it will spend on the Michigan Department … more

Dropping Union Health Insurance Saves District $737K

MESSA revenue drops $190 million

… years since Dansville Schools dropped Michigan Education … school district can spend on insurance premiums. … Michigan and resells it to school districts. Dansville … what schools could spend on it, MESSA has seen … more
MPSERS Unfunded Liabilities, 1989-2013

Where $100 Million Buys Little: Michigan School Employee Pension Fund

… the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement … liability crowds out spending on essential government … mandatory for all future school employees. James … that MPSERS is costing schools nearly 30 percent of … more

Education Rally Long on Emotion, Short on Facts

Many false statements at 'Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change' event in Ann Arbor

… for conventional K-12 schools, according to MLive . … Falsely Believe Education Spending is Down? Which … in Ann Arbor Public Schools saw their class sizes … Most? States Spending Less Money On K-12 … more

Where $100 Million Buys Little: Michigan School Employee Pension Fund

Teacher pension system gobbles up 30 percent of payroll

… the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement … liability crowds out spending on essential government … mandatory for all future school employees. James … that MPSERS is costing schools nearly 30 percent of … more

Union Falsely Tells Teachers They Lose Sick Leave Benefits if They Opt Out

Union and non-union employees contribute to sick bank

… union. Todd Mignerey, a high school teacher at Flushing Community Schools and the Flushing Education … the Freeloader? MEA Spends More On Benefits Than … Flushing Community Schools, said the district … more

MEA Sends Collections Agency After Another Member Trying To Leave

School employee: 'I am extremely frustrated and angry about the time I have to expend fighting the union for my freedom from harassment'

… the Port Huron Area School District in August of … the Freeloader? MEA Spends More On Benefits Than … put it in elementary school terms: If you don t … Grand Ledge Public Schools teacher and a former … more

War on Charters Tied To Politics and Union Money

… conventional public schools. Even official school district Twitter feeds. The … the biggest political spenders in the nation over … all of things they spend money on, including … more

Central Michigan University economist Jason Taylor explains how raising the minimum wage will hurt teen workers trying to find their first job. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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