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University gives president a $330K raise she doesn’t want

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University trustees approved a salary increase from $520,000 to $750,000 for President Lou Anna Simon. The 44 percent base income raise, which also includes an annual $100,000 “retention bonus,” came over her objections.
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MEA prez gets big raise despite membership decline

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LANSING, Mich. – While some of its dues-paying members are taking pay freezes, top executives of the Michigan Education Association took salary raises ranging from $13,591 to as high as $48,385 in 2014, according to the financial reports the union recently filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Democratic lawmakers target charter public schools, school choice

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LANSING, Mich. – In the last five months, Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced 10 bills and two budget amendments that impose more oversight, reporting requirements, regulations, restrictions or an outright ban on charter public schools and the entities that authorize (“charter”) them.
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They ‘did it right': NEA president praises Michigan school that’s still failing

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FLINT, Mich. – Flint Northwestern High School’s academic performance is not the type most would want to celebrate. The school has consistently been among the worst performing in the state. Yet in a recent visit, the leader of the National Education Association told union members at the school that Northwestern “did it right.”
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Michigan district drops union-affiliated health insurance, saves $737k

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DANSVILLE, Mich. – In the three years since Dansville Schools dropped Michigan Education Special Services Association insurance for a different high-deductible plan, it has saved $736,873.87 and its employees haven’t had to pay for any health insurance premiums in that time, according to the superintendent.
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Income inequality critic Robert Reich makes $242K and will teach 1 class this fall

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BERKELEY, Calif. – In a June 29 Facebook post by Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and now a University of California-Berkeley economics professor, he writes: “The moral crisis of our age has nothing to do with gay marriage or abortion; it’s insider trading, obscene CEO pay, wage theft from ordinary workers, Wall Street’s continued gambling addiction, corporate payoffs to friendly politicians, and the billionaire takeover of our democracy.”
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MEA committee urges Dems to vote in GOP primary

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. – A division of the Michigan Education Association’s political action committee, which is funded in part by teachers, is urging its members to cast votes in Michigan’s 47th House District Republican primary even if they consider themselves to be Democrats.
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