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Union Head: Teachers Get No Time to Attend Professional Conferences

MEA President Steve Cook says teachers have no time to attend professional conferences during the school year. Yet, the MEA holds its own conferences during the school year. And the state law and the union contracts the MEA negotiates mandate professional development time. … more

Beware the Union Label on Teacher Pay Newspaper Columns

The Detroit News has granted Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook a regular forum in its editorial section to express his union’s views on the teaching profession in this state. Cook has repeatedly promoted false claims and disingenuous themes about teaching. … more

Kid Rock: Work Your Butt Off And Pay Taxes

Kid Rock announced his platform he's considering as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. He didn't mention his stance on corporate welfare. But you may have paid for his beer without drinking it. … more

East Lansing Cries Poverty in Newsletter, But Fails to Mention Revenue Is Up

A city of East Lansing newsletter to residents paints a bleak picture of its finances. But residents should know the city is taking in more money, not less. … more

Detroit Schools Chief Wants Out of Charter School Business

The new superintendent of Detroit's public schools doesn't want to offer charter schools. But the state's two best elementary/middle schools are charter schools authorized by the troubled school district. … more

The Unreported Reason Why Detroit's Unemployment Rate Dropped

Politicians and media are celebrating the city of Detroit's lowest unemployment rate in 17 years. But if the city had the same size labor force it did in May of 2010, its unemployment rate would be 21.4 percent. … more

Teacher Says Young People Don’t Want Teacher Jobs; Data Say They Do

A teacher told a newspaper young people don't want to be teachers any more and pointed to the low number of applicants at his own district. Except, his district received nearly 30 applicants on average for each teaching opening. … more

‘Richest Person in Michigan’ Could Get Richer With New State Subsidies

Forbes Magazine has just named Detroit developer Dan Gilbert the Richest Person in Michigan. The listing comes just a few weeks after Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law that makes Gilbert’s companies eligible for state payments worth tens of millions of dollars of each year for up to 20 years. … more

Teacher Pay Rates Unusually Stable

Michigan teachers make more today than their predecessors did once you factor in inflation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. … more

Watchdogs Sleep

A college public radio station reported there are "differing views" on whether or not teachers in a public school district had received raises. You know, there's a public database that answers that question. … more

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