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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  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Why do people want their children to attend private religious schools? These private schools do more with less funding. They can be closed within weeks if they do not get tuition paid. The MEA should endorse those schools instead of banish them.
  • by Dave on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    Yes, the same old story from the MEA, tax more because we do less... I'm sorry but its time the teacher & administrators get a dose of reality. They get paid a lot of money for working 9 months a year. All I am hearing from my school is we can't do anything with the kids (extercricular activities) because the Union won't let us. Ie the school isn't paying them all the extra inflated stipends any more.. So the teachers wont "Volunteer" for anything now. But they want us parents to take time off work to come in and help them with things at school. I say Lansing needs to give them all a 15% pay and retirement cut across the board!! I took a 45% retirement cut 3 years ago. Go take a look at the health care package the teachers get!!!!! I pay 3,000 copay before insurance will pay one dime, then only at a 70-30. If you know the retirement package they get you would be sick... I don't want to tear them down but they need to get a reality check here...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Schools should be put out there in the free market. The government has made them into a monopoly in which there is no competition and no sense of being the best. Some schools should be shut down and the kids bussed to other schools while others should be cloned. If the state had a true voucher system where parents can chose where they children go, we would see a major improvement in the test schools and specialized schools.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Jan 19, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    I guess all the governmental employees and their respective unions can think of is bleeding the taxpayers for even more money to maintain their bloated lifestyles. Did it ever occur to you vultures to live like everyone else has to to? The majority of Michigan people have had to make choices and do with out a lot of things to survive. More taxes are NOT the answer! Cut expenses and live like everyone must do these days. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Jimbo Location: DeWitt on Jan 18, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    First, the two parties need to discuss what is fair for taxes. We cannot just keep cutting taxes and expect to maintain police, fire, roads, education etc. And, the tax on services is only to equalize the taxes lost from on-line purchases and us becoming a service economy. Our old tax structure is out dated but God forbid we even mention changing it because there could be a tax increase for certain things. We got to get over this jealousy for public employees too, I wouldn't want some of there jobs.
  • by Dave Location: East Lansing on Jan 18, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    Anonymous...good of you to evaluate all the teachers in the entire State for us. Merit pay, basing on a standardized test (which doesn't account for all subject areas and is a more accurate measure of socio-economic class than what a child has learned)is not an accountability measure, but more of a red-herring. As for Kurt...slavery?? More like equalization...why should some services be taxed while others are exempt (due to a stronger lobbyist). News flash, teachers aren't responsible for the economic down turn nor are they exempt. New Jersey was blaming their teachers too, but when Stanford did a study to compare the public sector vs. private, teachers were actually under paid based on their education. Direct your anger at the Legislature that hasn't given back their 26% raise from year's ago, or gone to part time, or frankly, not done their job in finding a balanced budget that provides the services we need.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    The MEA should be pushing some of their ideas through their members to show that they are part of the solution and not part of the problem of asking for money. If they would receive their wage increases based on performance reviews, most of them would get pay cuts.
  • by Kurt Location: Holt mi on Jan 18, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    come on get off the tax on services, that would amount to slavery
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