Teacher of the Year: The merit pay disconnect

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The Michigan legislature is considering merit pay for public teachers and conservatives are attempting to convince voters that this free market idea is essential to improving educational outcomes. Unfortunately these articles tend to be heavy on opinion and light on data showing that merit pay actually improves educational outcomes. The most recent examples of the […]

Education Action Group Backs a Flop

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Cross-posted from EAGTruth.com Last week, the conservative blame-unions-for-everything mantra was given an apparent boost from a new movie,  Won’t Back Down. It depicts a mother and teacher taking advantage of a parent trigger law to save their children from the clutches of a nasty teacher’s union. Joining in the right’s revelry was EAGNews’ Victor Skinner: […]

Why Are Public Schools Under Attack?

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  Public employees and the middle class are under attack, but many are unaware that the source of this campaign is carefully coordinated, well financed and has been underway for many years. Who’s behind this?  In 1968, because “conservatives were being killed politically” Joe Coors financed the founding of the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC […]

Progressive coalition “Protect Our Jobs” pushes Michigan constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining

A coalition of “front-line teachers, first responders, construction workers, and clergy” called “Protect Our Jobs” is holding a press conference this afternoon to kick-off a petition drive for a constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining rights for Michigan workers. The purpose of the amendment is to enshrine into our state Constitution the basic right of […]

Mackinac Center to Michigan Gov Snyder: Strike Colors, Hove To… Recieve Boarders on Right to Work

In one of the boldest, brashest moves seen in Michigan in quite some time, Ken Braun the recently ‘former’ Managing Director of CapCon at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has threaten Republican Governor Rick Snyder to either join the “Right to Work” (for a lot less) forces, or be circumvented by ‘citizen’ introduced legislation […]

Don’t expect the UAW to help with the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

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In spring of 2012, Michigan Rising (formerly Fire Rick Snyder) will start a second recall attempt against Governor Rick Snyder. The first recall effort was done without the formal help of the unions or the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). Considering a piece published last week in the Detroit Free Press, I think it’s safe to […]

Michigan GOP takes first steps toward eliminating teachers from the classroom – Updated

Republican sponsored legislation, Senate Bill 619 recently passed the Senate. This bill represents what could be the first steps toward eliminating large numbers of teachers from Michigan classrooms. A proposal in Lansing would remove most restrictions on the ability of students to attend school over the Internet, in their pajamas, without setting foot inside a […]

Next on the Michigan GOP hit list: Police and firefighters

They’ve pretty much villified and demonized the unionized teachers in Michigan and taken every available step toward stripping them of any ability to bargain for and/or receive decent labor agreements. So who is next on the Michigan Republican’s hitlist? Police and firefighters, of course. Police and fire unions are opposing a bill they said would […]

Rally & March to support University of Michigan nurses in their contract dispute

The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC) has been in contract negotiations with the University of Michigan for over six months. The University has been holding firm on not making any significant concessions which is making the possibility of a strike by the 4000 unionized nurses more and more likely. I have a friend […]

The Wal-Mart of Education States: Michigan

*Cross posted from DailyKos The Michigan Legislature recently took the first steps to privatizing teachers. As has been reported in multiple diaries, Michigan’s teachers are facing an uphill battle. Besides fighting off Right to Work legislation, tenure ‘reform’ and a host of other anti-teacher bills, there is a possibility that Michigan may become the first […]

The People’s News 9/27/2011

Here are today’s top Michi­gan news stories… LSJ: State pol­icy rec­om­mends ties for guys, despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s casual style — After months of the gov­er­nor show­ing up at events in a sports coat sans tie, a new direc­tive has gone out to thou­sands of state employ­ees say­ing ties for men are pre­ferred when rep­re­sent­ing the state on […]

The People’s News 9/26/11

Here are the top Michigan news stories… FREE PRESS Editorial: Unions, Michigan have no time for a right-to-work brawl – But the possibility that Republicans have the votes needed to adopt a right-to-work law doesn’t mean it would be wise — or politically profitable, by even the most cynical calculus — to do so. It is hard […]