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Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
This study focuses on Public Act 103 of 2011, which made teacher evaluation, layoff policies and teacher placement prohibited subjects of bargaining, among other things. After surveying 200 Michigan school district collective bargaining agreements, this study finds that as many as 60 percent of districts could have collective bargaining agreements…
Descriptors: Unions, Contracts, Educational Change, Barriers
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
This paper examines how public school districts responded to Michigan's 2012 "right-to-work" law. It describes the key findings from reviews of more than 500 teacher collective bargaining agreements. It also raises several questions about the legality of some union contracts with regard to this new law. Approximately 75 percent of…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Contracts, Labor Legislation, State Legislation
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
Michigan's School Aid fund increased once more this year, but many school administrators in the state continue to hunt for effective measures to reduce spending due to increased pension costs and phased-out stimulus money. Many options available for trimming costs, such as enacting pay-to-play for sports, are extremely unpopular for districts and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, School Districts, Privatization
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2011
Michigan school districts face tough choices allocating their resources to provide students with an education. Despite increased spending in Michigan schools, school boards regularly have to find ways to trim expenses, and sometimes that means lowering employment benefits, eliminating positions and other moves that few school board members enjoy.…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Districts, Privatization, Student Transportation
Hohman, James M.; Anderson, Dustin D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2010
Privatization of support services has been a method that Michigan school districts have used for several years to lower costs. More than ever before, Michigan school districts are privatizing the three main support services they offer--food, custodial and transportation. The annual survey finds that 48.8 percent of Michigan school districts are…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Districts, Privatization, Student Transportation
LaFaive, Michael D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2007
The landscape of public education in Michigan has changed dramatically over the last 13 years. Most districts receive a majority of their operating money from state government, not local taxes. Charter schools and nearby districts lure students away from local schools and capture the state money that goes with them. Districts are even subject to…
Descriptors: Privatization, Educational Finance, School Districts, Public Education