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With Changes to MOU, Michigan Union Back in ‘Race to Top’

By Stephen Sawchuk — January 07, 2010 1 min read

According to this press release from the Michigan Education Association, the state has extended the deadline for unions to sign the MOUs to commit to the Race to the Top program until Jan. 12.

But the real meat is in this paragraph:

The parties also agreed to include language protecting collective bargaining rights in the standard MOU and to "grandfather" such language into MOUs that have already been signed."

Sounds like unless it’s careful, Michigan could end up with MOU language like Massachusetts’ or Kansas’, which basically let districts ignore whatever pieces of the reform plan they don’t manage to bargain.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.