Click here to read several recent articles pertaining to the involvement of EMU with the Educational Achievment Authority (EAA).
The following is a letter to the BOR sent by the COE Council:
Dear EMU Board of Regents, President Martin, and Provost Schatzel,
We, the faculty members of the College of Education Council, as representatives of the faculty of this college, respectfully request that the university’s participation in the inter-local agreement that created the Education Achievement Authority be severed immediately. We base our request on the following rationale:
We find the undermining of democratic processes represented in the creation of a district outside the purview of public decision-making and oversight to be in direct conflict with this university’s mission and our legacy as a champion of public education. This violation of our principles is now beginning to affect our historically strong relationship with local schools, as local districts have begun to respond. In a strong protest of EMU’s involvement in the EAA, the leadership of the Michigan Education Association in Washtenaw County is now moving to boycott placement of our student teachers in their schools. They have plans to work with unions in other nearby counties to do the same. Obviously this response will have detrimental impacts on enrollment and student credit hour production as the effects of this teacher-led action undermine our ability to attract students to our programs, and carry out necessary aspects of our national accreditation.
Two independent pension studies appear to back Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s position that the city’s retirement funds are seriously underfunded and based on optimistic assumptions — major reasons Orr has given for pushing the city into bankruptcy — the Free Press has learned.
The Milliman reports, dated June 4 and obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the Free Press, offer projections of the financial liabilities of the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System under several potential scenarios. A more complete report from Milliman will be released next week. The city commissioned the $350,000 Milliman report.
Speech to Board of Regents
June 18, 2013
There are a few things I would like to discuss today:
•The payroll situation
•Faculty input and shared governance