MI judge tosses union’s ‘agency shop fee’: right-to-work makes ‘unlawful and unenforceable’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan administrative law judge recently ruled that the Ann Arbor teachers union unfairly charged teacher Ronald Robinson a $495 “agency shop fee” after he dropped out of the organization in 2015. Michigan lawmakers approved right-to-work legislation in 2012 that made it illegal for unions to force employees to join as a […]

MI court upholds ruling against teachers ‘union security clause’ aimed at circumventing RTW

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

TAYLOR, Mich. – A Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision Wednesday that struck down a deal between the Taylor school district and teachers union that attempted to circumvent the state’s right-to-work law. The district agreed to a new contract with the Taylor Federation of Teachers in 2013 – weeks before the state’s […]

Stanford study: Michigan charter schools superior to traditional schools

By Trevor TenBrink on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 in School Choice No Comments

By Victor Skinner EAGnews.org PALO ALTO, Cal. – In a year’s time, students in Michigan’s 250 charter schools received roughly two more months of learning on average than students who attended their assigned public school, according to a five-year study released this week by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.

Hoping to say Pledge of Allegiance forever

By Victor Skinner on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 in Commentary No Comments

By Ava Hill MLive.com letter to the editor JENISON, Mich. – I think that students should recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day in school because it doesn’t take very long. I know that because our class takes 17 seconds to say it. I think that we should because a lot of soldiers and U.S. […]