Capitol Insider

March 23, 2017


            May your spring break have invigorated you to take up your mantel and call your state representative and state senator.  It’s down to the wire on bills and your ACTION is needed.  It is impossible for me to cover everything you might want to know.  I’ll do my best to give you the latest on the bills below.  If you want to know more, please go to the Legislative website, enter the bill number in the proper box on the upper right side to read the entire bill(s).  You need only enter numbers; you do not have to designate HB or SB.  Tip of the day – also read the “fiscal note” as it provides some clarity at times.


Trump's budget takes a meat cleaver to public education

The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.


Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.


Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.


Michigan Legislature lashes out at Detroit schools

The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.