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Teachers and the Kent School District reached a late deal on Wednesday and avoided a likely strike on Thursday, the first official day of classes. The school board approved a budget that reflects a $33 million “rainy day” and is expected to end the overall cash balance, but no more than the district`s offer of 3.1 percent, the cost of living for teachers. Teachers had already authorized a strike if the KEA bargaining team and school district officials could not tentatively agree on a new teachers` pay plan by noon Wednesday. Ben Rarick, executive director of the school district for budget and finance, said the $33 million for long-term financial sustainability is the borough`s fiscal position, as local revenues will decline and additional costs will be in the future. Der Haushalt wurde in Abstimmung mit der vom Landesgesetz geforderten Vierjahresprognose des Landkreiss vorgenommen. The surrounding school districts and their teachers settled down and gave educators double-digit pay increases. According to the 2010 Michigan School Privatization Survey, published by the Mackinac Center, nearly half of Michigan school districts join private businesses to save support services such as food, prison and transportation, saving districts millions of dollars. In 1994, the legislature decided that the best way to give school districts the flexibility to study these savings is to prohibit the debate on privatization during contract negotiations. MCL 423.215 (3) of the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act enshrines privatization as an activity that cannot be renegotiated. The Michigan Supreme Court interpreted this law to mean that no collective agreement can contain a provision prohibiting privatization. Coni Sullivan, Kent ISD`s Assistant Superintendent of Staff and Legal Services, said both school districts and bargaining units were clear that the non-privatization clause was not applicable. Melissa Laramie, a spokeswoman for the school district, said: “The agreement involves a significant investment in school district teachers. Negotiations have been going on longer this year, given the new and complex government funding formula for employee compensation.

In a final issue of its newsletter “MEA Voices,” the Michigan Education Association highlighted the “unorthodox” contract, which contained concessions in exchange for “promises that districts will not relocate the jobs of service professionals.” On Friday evening, at an extraordinary meeting and public hearing on the district team, the school committee approved a 2018/19 budget. According to the school district, the hearing was added to ensure that Kent schools could start on time and that the school board could pass a budget before the state deadline of Friday, August 31. As a result, the case was dismissed, but many districts changed the tariff language under attack in their future contracts. Some teachers called the agreement a “miracle” because the two sides stayed far apart in a battle to reach an agreement and avoided a strike. Controversial discussions required mediation.

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