PA 75 and 3% Healthcare Contributions FAQs

How much money will be refunded to me? ORS will notify members of their refund amount soon. Please continue to check the What’s New section for more information as it becomes available. When will I receive my refund? ORS will provide the essential data regarding the refunded contributions and interest to employers no later than January 10, 2018. Employers will receive a transfer …

Supreme Court Rules for School Personnel On 3% Issue

The Supreme Court has unanimously held the state wrongly held back 3 percent of public school employees pay, meaning more than $550 million will be returned to school workers. The order, in AFT v. Public School Employee Retirement System, held the 2010 law that allowed the state to hold 3 percent of the pay for future retirement and health care benefits was …

Weekly Update – 12/19/2017

The Assessment Think Tank How do we know when students are learning? How do we “prove” when students have learned? What do we do when students are NOT learning? Also, what do we want students to learn? These are the basic questions guiding teaching, learning and assessing in our schools. I have had the great pleasure to attend the Michigan …

Legislative Update – 12/15/17

CTE Package Passes the House On the last day of session before winter break, the House approved a package of bills aimed at increasing access to CTE programs in the state. The package of 5 bills now heads to the Senate for consideration after the New Year. Here is a description of the package: HB 5139-Passed 97-13 Requires MDE to …

Weekly Update – 12/12/17

Dexter’s Craig McCalla is Michigan’s 2017 Outstanding Principal ACME, MI – Cornerstone Elementary School Principal Craig McCalla has been named Michigan’s 2017 Outstanding Practicing Principal. The Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association made the announcement at its annual conference on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Grand Traverse Resort. The annual Outstanding Principal Award recognizes instructional leadership, student relations, staff relations, parent relations …

Legislative Update – 12/11/17

Senate Passes Most of the Enhanced Education Savings Plan Package Last week, the Senate passed all but one of the bills in the Enhanced Education Savings Plan Package. The package would allow parents to set aside funds into a separate account for educational use as determined by MDE. The system would come at significant cost to the state and local …

Weekly Update – 10/31/2017

MEMSPA Conference Update Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA Executive Director The MEMSPA Micro-Credentialing pilot initiative continues with the launch of our third Micro-Credential focused on Leadership Vision. Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Michigan Virtual, MEMSPA members can participate in this online, self-paced professional development initiative free of charge and earn 15 SCECHs. We currently have room for approximately 10 new participants. …

Legislative Update

Topics in this Update: – House Hears Testimony on Enhancement Millage Legislation – Elimination of State Board of Education Reported from Committee – Labor Day Bill Considered in House – Hearing Begin on New CTE Package of Bills House Hears Testimony on Enhancement Millage Legislation The legislation to allow enhancement millage revenue to flow to public school academies was considered …

Legislative Update – 9/25/17

Supplemental Budget Reported from Committee Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported the fall supplemental budget bill, SB 133. The highlights of the bill are as follows: Revises the entry age into GSRP from age 4 by September 1st to age 4 by December 1st with a parent waiver. This change would make GSRP in line with kindergarten entry dates. …

Weekly Update – 09/26/2017

Two Ways to Support a Learning Community Paul Liabenow September 18th, 2017 As a new school year begins, of course we wish that all children could walk into the classroom each day ready to learn. In an ideal world, our classrooms are populated by children who are well-rested, well-fed and have everything they need to reach their full academic potential. The …