SENATE REPUBLICANS MAY HAVE A PLAN – It took longer than anticipated and slid by several self-imposed deadlines in the process, but it appears Senate Republicans have finally reached a consensus on how they want to respond to Governor Rick Snyder’s budget.
House Republicans have introduced legislation to penalize teachers’ unions and those who participate in an illegal strike. Under the plan, unions would be faced with a $5,000 fine per striking teacher. In addition, striking teachers would have their certificate suspended and be required to pay a fine equal to a day’s pay for each day they strike.
However, MASSP asks: "Is this statewide strike talk a tactic to have the Legislature 'take their eye of the ball' in regard to tenure and insurance reform?"
A related March 26, Detroit Free Pressarticle by Lori Higgins states -
A MASSP member recently e-mailed: "We in our district were wondering was there any attempt to galvanize the efforts and unite all the administrative associations to oppose the disinvestment in public education and continued cuts to school funding? With the news of a 'Tea Party' rally in support of the proposed draconian cuts, a united front from the various education associations is needed.