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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

Pensions, not paper, the real cost problem for schools

… more funding for K-12 schools held a rally in Ann … amount taxpayers are spending on K-12 education . … for Ann Arbor Public Schools is its employee retirement … 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

Who fact checks the fact checkers?

‘Truth Squad’ ignores almost half a billion in education funding

… budget that resulted in school funding $930 million … 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

Detroit Public Schools continues to overspend

When a school district overspends, it is required to … about Detroit Public Schools most recent Deficit … Schools have been overspending for seven consecutive … 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

Why Do Michigan Residents Falsely Believe Education Spending Is Down?

'If you repeat a lie long enough, people begin to believe it'

… state funding to K-12 schools. In Gov. Rick … increased or decreased spending for K-12 schools? … state funding to K-12 schools, up to a record $12 … thought he decreased spending on K-12 schools. … more

Flanagan Goes too Far on Charter Schools

State TTB ranking a proxy for poverty

… every two entering high school freshmen manage … The district is overspending by close to $40 … from Pontiac Public Schools, a rate lower than … decade to clean up its spending , even though state … more

Union Sends Out Misleading 'Consent Form' When Members Try To Leave

Attorney: 'These scare tactics are...more what you would expect from boiler room telemarketers'

… for Michigan public schools, school employees and students. … the Freeloader? MEA Spends More On Benefits Than … more

St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz discusses how the minimum wage was used to block immigrants from taking scarce jobs during the depression era. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."

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