Register Now! AFT Michigan Legislative Education Action Day
We hope you'll join us for our Legislative Education Action Day (LEAD) focusing on PreK-12 Education Issues. AFT Michigan teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff will gather in Lansing to learn about and discuss legislation affecting education, lobby elected officials in support of AFT Michigan's policy positions, and plan for future advocacy action.
All AFT Michigan members are encouraged to attend Legislative Education Action Day. We hope you'll join us -- please RSVP for our Legislative Action Day :
Union Teachers at Detroit's Largest Charter School Win Unprecedented Settlement While Hundreds of Students, Parents, and Teachers Watch Film About César ChávezDETROIT - On César Chávez's Birthday March 31, teachers at César Chávez Academy (CCA), Detroit's largest charter school won an impressive settlement that will return educators to the school and provide over $75,000 in back pay. Representatives from the teachers union, The César Chávez Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS), reached a late deal on Monday evening with The Leona Group - the for-profit company that manages the day-to-day operations of the charter school. Download full press release >>
AFT Michigan Challenges Governor's State of the State"Tonight, Governor Rick Snyder disappointed every person across Michigan who values public education. Unfortunately for Michigan schools, his rhetoric doesn't pay the bills. He failed to address how he was going to reverse the devastating funding cuts to neighborhood schools and public colleges and universities," said David Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers — Michigan. "If Snyder truly believes that education is a priority, then he would find a way to undo his debilitating funding cuts to schools that were used to pay for a tax giveaway to big businesses and he would use the budget surplus to properly fund every level of education in Michigan."
Contact: David Hecker, 313-204-6115, email@example.com
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Remarks by AFT Michigan president David Hecker on the Common Core StandardsAFT Michigan and AFT National have supported and advocated for Common Core standards. We did so because we have always advocated for high academic standards that reflect knowledge and competencies students should possess to be able to compete in a global economy, including critical thinking and problem solving. Read More >>
Update on Dues Collection Systems
8-19-13The past year has been filled with many changes and adjustments to how we conduct union business, especially in terms of dues collection. PA 53 took away the option for K-12 local's to have members dues automatically deducted through payroll. Most recently an injunction that was issued which stayed PA 53 from going into affect was dissolved.
If you signed up under the alternative dues system last year you will receive a confirmation of those arrangements in your personal email account for you to view and update if necessary. All members are encouraged to attend scheduled back to school union meetings to learn more about what is going on in your local and actions needed.
It is important that we continue on a proactive path and be prepared as we moved forward. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding dues collection. You may use the feedback form here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness Releases Final ReportThe Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness released their final recommendations for a system of educator evaluation in Michigan on July 24, 2013.
Download .pdf for more information on their recommendations >>
The most recent Capitol Report is available for download on the Take Action > Capitol Report page. Among the many bills we are monitoring this session, AFT Michigan has delivered testimony on the higher education budget and Educational Achievement Authority. Links to this testimony are also available on the Take Action > Capitol Report page, as well as weekly Legislative Updates.
Senate Rams through EAA Expansion: House Vote expected Thursday!
After a lot of backroom dealing between some Senate Republicans and Governor Snyder, the Michigan Senate has passed a new version of HB 4369 which expands the scope and power of the Educational Achievement Authority.
This bill is dangerous legislation that allows for the state takeover of public schools deemed to be in the bottom five percent statewide based on standardized testing. Please contact your state Representative NOW to ask them to oppose EAA expansion. Send an email to your state Representative or a call would be even better.
If the original House bill was bad, this Senate version is worse. Here's why we need you to take action:
The EAA, in operation for little more than a year, is a failed experiment. It's downright reckless for Gov. Snyder and Republican legislators to move forward with expanding the powers and size of the EAA, especially in light of the fact that about 2,500 students left EAA schools this year, representing 24 percent of the district's population. That's hundreds of families who "voted with their feet" and left the EAA.
Please send an email or call your representative NOW - Thursday is the last legislative work day for the year, and the vote could be called at any time.
A larger rundown of what is happening in the Legislature can be found in the weekly Legislative Report.