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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

Northern Michigan University economist Hugo Eyzaguirre discusses how raising the minimum wage will hurt emerging local economies. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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