The good, the bad, the ugly.

The good, the bad, the ugly.

House and Senate Approve State Budget It took just 15 minutes to pass a $56.7 billion state budget this morning. The new budget includes: The Good: $46.6 million to promote skilled trades, and help match employees with employers. This will help fill a shortage in the skilled trades sector. The Bad: $153 million for schools, but takes $255 million out of the classroom to alter the Michigan teacher retirement…

Whose side are they on?

Last Thursday was another punch in the gut for the education profession after 21 Republicans voted to undermine a reliable retirement plan for Michigan teachers and support staff. The final version of the bill was publicly released around midnight on Tuesday. In those two days alone, Senate offices received thousands of phone calls, and 30,000 Michiganders signed a petition to stand with public schools. Sen. Pavlov (R-St. Clair) drafted…

Showdowns in D.C.

DeVos said what?! Support for LGBTQ rights has skyrocketed in recent years — with 61 percent supporting marriage and 92 percent for employment equality — but Betsy DeVos seems to miss the message that discrimination is no longer tolerated. Lawmakers asked DeVos if she would require schools that receive federal funding to abide by nondiscrimination policies, and her final answer was shocking. DeVos grilled on protecting LGBT students from…

Built Michigan Tough

With all of the things happening in Lansing lately, it can be difficult to reflect on the progress we’ve made together to push our state into the future. It’s no secret that Michigan was one of the hardest hit states during the recession, but when times get tough, so do Michiganders. Since then, we’ve seen a rise in forward, community-based strategy and a change in the way companies are…

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