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    Tag: Public schools

    Mackinac Center On Fox News

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 10:10:13 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Education Association, MEA, Miriam Chanski, Contracts, August Window, RTW, FTW, Patrick Wright, Mackinac Center, Legal Foundation, Neal Erickson, Public Schools (all tags)

    As you might know, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is representing kindergarten teacher Miriam Chanski, and others,in a class suit against the Michigan education association.

    The foundation explains:

    "The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Miriam Chanski and several other plaintiffs against the Michigan Education Association over the union's misreading of Michigan's right-to-work law. The union is enforcing an outdated policy referred to as the "August Window," which limits members' ability to exercise their first amendment rights to one month out of the year.  .. "
    And elsewhere, the MEA is pushing its own rules, or at least those it sees in a contract it says must be enforced
    "On March 26, 2013 WB-RC officials offered a $10,000 buyout for any qualifying teacher who left the school district that year, an incentive superintendent Dan Cwayna said the district had used in the past to encourage needed staff reductions.

    While its not clear when Erickson's employment was terminated, the union's action suggests he was still on the payroll when the buyout was offered and accepted it.

    The school district declined to pay him the money, prompting the union's action."

    Which brings us to last nights discussion on Hannity with Patrick Wright, and plaintiff Miriam Chanski.

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    Off Cycle Vote Alert - Midland

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:19:42 PM EST
    Tags: Midland, MI, Public Schools, Bonds, Off Cycle Elections, Taxes, IB, Common Core, Parent Concerns (all tags)

    There are two Midland school requests up on May 7, 2013

    The school superintendent wants all you Midland conservatives to make sure you get out and VOTE!

    "two ballot proposals for your consideration if you are residents of the Midland Public Schools district. One, is a Sinking Fund proposal requesting 2.0 mills (millage) to be used for facility upgrades, renovations, construction and improvements. The second, a proposal for a .9 mills (millage) for the sale of Bonds totaling $20,880,000 to purchase equipment, security technology, infrastructure, etc., to support the district's technology plan"
    The Plan Boss! The PLAN!

    OK get the midget imagery out of your head Tutu.

    Grab an adult stylized beverage, fire up the wi-fidelity, and spend the weekend acquainting yourself with some of the issues surrounding such requests, and go to the polls a happy informed citizen on Tuesday.

    More below

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    The consistent inconsistency of the Michigan Left

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jul 06, 2009 at 06:59:03 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm-Cherry, MEDC, MEGA, drop out rates, public schools, GM, bankruptcy, Detroit, corruption, ethics, consistency, lying liars (all tags)

    So much to talk about, so little space.  Alright, so, technically there's all the space in the world since this is a blogging community, not a newspaper and none of us are confined to word counts or column size restrictions... so let me rephrase.  So much to talk about, so limited my ability to juggle multiple topics in one blog post while maintaining some semblance of focus.

    Hmm.  Not quite as pithy.  Nevermind.  Besides, you get the point.

    I mean, we could discuss General Motors escape from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Ivory Tower even manages to poke a little fun at the Obama administration, which is a little bit jarring on first blush, but nice for a switch.

    We could discuss the Associated Press's revelation of additional shady business from elected Democrats in the Motor City.  Shady unless you consider using emergency funds to purchase a $1,600 floral arrangement good stewardship.

    Then there's the Detroit News taking the Granholm-Cherry administration out to the woodshed for lying about Michigan's graduation rates.  

    (And oh so much more... please read on...)

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    What good is a mistake if you won't learn from it?

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 07:15:03 AM EST
    Tags: MBT, Muskegon, tax hike, tax break, public schools, charter (all tags)

    *Knock Knock Knock*  McFly?  McFlyyyy?  Anybody home McFly?

    Depends, apparently, on whether or not McFly is a Michigan politician.  And if he is, then no, no one is home.

    See, the thing about experience, is it is pretty darn worthless if one fails to learn anything from it.  That's what growth and progress are all about, but those appear to be foreign concepts to this state's elected Lefties.

    Take the Whitehall City Council.  Please.  (I know.  Groan.)  According to the Muskegon Chronicle, the liberal panel just approved a massive new tax break for a local company specifically because they're counting on it "retaining" ten jobs.

    City council members on Tuesday granted a 50 percent tax break on $5 million in new equipment and machinery Acutex Division of Hilite Industries will add as part of the expansion.

    In a sign of the times, the company said it needed the 12-year tax break to retain -- and not create -- 10 full-time jobs.

    That's all well and good and swell squared on its face.  Nice of the liberals on the Council (it was a unanimous vote) to admit that tax cuts have a positive effect on employment.  Not surprisingly, though, other businesses around Muskegon are wondering where their tax breaks are.  

    Experience would seem to dictate that a lower tax burden will solidify or improve the job market.  Empirical evidence seems to back up the anecdotal, too.  So daydream what Muskegon's job market might look like if the City were to cut ALL business taxes by 50 percent.  Imagine what Michigan's might look like if the state were to simply repeal that $1.2 billion job-killing Michigan Business Tax surcharge!  

    Talk about an economic stimulus.  And talk about needing it.  The Associated Press highlighted this weekend yet another category where the Great Lakes State is falling farther, faster than anyone else in the country:

    (Read on...)

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    'Once upon a 7 AM dreary'

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 07:49:10 AM EST
    Tags: UAW, concessions, Ford, Big 3, Pontiac, Public schools, lay offs, economy, unemployment (all tags)

    Its raining outside.  Its been raining outside for the last four days now and really, isn't that the way it should be in Michigan these days?  Now, yeah, there's the whole "seasons" thing what with the supposed end of winter (I still had a few mounds of snow on my front yard right up until last night) and the beginning of spring.  In like a lion and out like a lamb and blah blah blah.

    But really isn't it much more likely that the universe understands what we're going through as a state and figured it'd pitch in with the appropriate mood lighting and soundtrack?  

    Even when there are glimmers that the winter is going to break and that sixty degree days are around the corner, things like the news that the UAW finally agreed to what passes for a concession or two with Ford we're reminded in the next paragraph that there isn't a deal anywhere close to done with GM and Chrysler.

    Those "concessions," by the way... they're things like giving up one paid federal holiday, going without a Christmas BONUS at the end of 2009 and suspending annual pay raises.  

    I don't think I've ever gotten an annual pay raise myself, but that's neither here nor there and I don't begrudge any employee anywhere in the state from getting whatever he or she can for his honest day's work.  You can get someone to sign on the dotted line, bully for you.  

    But memo to Big Labor leadership: Don't lecture the rest of the nation about how rough you've got it at $73.50 an hour when hundreds of thousands of Michigan workers aren't pulling down that much a day.  Especially with work hours, pay and benefits being cut everywhere these days, not just in UAW shops.

    Places like... well, read on...

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