Teachers' Union Diagrams Priorities

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Leaders of Michigan's largest teachers' union say they're willing to work with new Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers to improve public education.
Leaders of the Michigan Education Association met with Snyder on Tuesday. The union later outlined its priorities at a Capitol news conference.
The union is renewing its call for a sales tax on services and eliminating what it called "tax loopholes and giveaways" to ease the state's budget crisis. The MEA says it would support a two-year budget cycle to give schools more financial planning certainty.
The MEA calls for reducing the amount of remedial coursework required from students in college. The union says it would support a streamlined process to discharge ineffective tenured teachers but says accountability should be increased for all public education employees.


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