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MEA: New Agenda for Education Reform Could Save Millions

January 19, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - The organization that represents a majority of Michigan's teachers and school staff says it has a new plan that could save millions of dollars and increase the quality of K-12 education in the state. On Tuesday, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) presented its "A+ Agenda for School Reform" to Gov. Rick Snyder.

According to MEA Director of Public Affairs Doug Pratt, it calls for action, accountability and achievement in five areas.

"We raise the bar for student achievement, increase graduation rates, improve training and evaluation for education employees. We streamline the tenure process and the process for consolidating school districts. We ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars, and we fix Michigan's antiquated tax structure."

Pratt says another part of the plan includes the "Michigan Parental Involvement in Education Act," which would require employers to grant time off for employees to attend important school functions.

"Too often, lower-income wage earners, hourly employees, not only cannot afford to leave the job because they lose wages, but they are threatened with loss of their job if they take the important step of engaging in their child's education."

Among the two dozen measures outlined in the "A+ Agenda" is a suggestion for a shorter process to discharge ineffective tenured teachers. The plan also outlines a two-year budget cycle with a requirement that 85 percent of school revenue be spent on direct student support.

Both Gov. Snyder and the MEA have said they want a two-year budget passed no later than July 1.

Amy Miller/Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MI