Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Twp.) has introduced Senate Bill 1040 legislation that would further overhaul the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). The bill is the product of a joint House and Senate workgroup that met privately over the past several weeks to develop the legislation. The Senate Fiscal Agency projects that these changes, if enacted, could reduce the MPSERS rate by 3.5 percent.
MASSP is actively tracking this legislation and will continue to update members as it progresses.
In his recent testimony to the Senate K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan insisted that performance incentive payments in the Governor’s budget recommendation are based on progress, not growth.
School districts that offer virtual learning programs could have automatic waivers for those programs from the current seat time requirements under legislation approved Wednesday by the House Education Committee.
HB 5392, as reported from the Committee, would allow the automatic waiver as long as the program is meeting certain educational standards. The bill now also would allow districts that have seat time waivers for traditional programs to continue those waivers without having to renew them annually as long as they are adhering to all of the pupil accounting requirements.
I attended my last MASSP board meeting this past week. As usual, I probably spoke too much, got caught up in issues that are not my first priority, and generally enjoyed the experience. I have had the good fortune of serving our association for the last seven years -- including the last three in the role of president-elect, president and now past president. For me, it was an amazing time in education in this state and nation, as well as inside the association, and I am humbled by the opportunity I was given to serve our association during this time.
The Clark Hill law firm has provided this very timely information regarding the new law that prohibits union dues as a payroll deduction. If you are wondering how this is going to work or you need help communicating this change, this article will be helpful.
By: Ann L. VanderLaan