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University Gives President a $330K Raise She Doesn’t Want

The 44 percent base income raise, which also includes an annual $100,000 "retention bonus," came over her objections. … more

Got Academics?

In Saginaw School District, the board of education is undecided as to close a high school that gets "Fs" or the one that gets "Bs" on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy report card. … more

Your Dues; His 44% Raise

Michigan Education Association Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor was upset at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and told MEA members, “They do not care about our paychecks. They don’t. No matter what they say.” We say Trainor's paycheck went up by almost $50,000 in 2014 while the union's net assets tumbled more into red ink. … more

Pontiac Schools' Story Written In Red Ink

The Pontiac Schools will have been in deficit for 15 years if it completes its 10-year plan to erase a lingering deficit that started in 2008-09. … more

Union President Claims Some Teachers May Have To Sell Homes

Union president claims teachers may lose homes, average salary $64,721. … more

Union Doesn’t Get the Memo

Local MEA-affiliate says school funding is up. … more

Why Politicians Love Film Subsidies

How do you get politicians to approve of spending $500 million on a film subsidy that pledged to create jobs but ends up with fewer jobs than it did before taxpayers coughed up half a billion?  … more

AFT President Takes Salary Cut but Overall Compensation Up

Weingarten’s total compensation is higher than ever at $557,875 in 2014, according to the AFT’s LM-2 report. … more

Teachers Work in the Classroom

Pensions are part of the compensation for teachers and other school employees. Teachers mostly spend their day in the classroom. … more

When an $8 Million Increase Equals a 'Cut'

The Calhoun ISD is projected to receive $8.3 million more state dollars in 2014-15 than in 2011-12, despite fewer students. … more

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