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News from Progress Michigan

December 20, 2017

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

GOP’s Crusade to Rob Teachers of $550 Million Ends

Michigan Supreme Court sides with hardworking teachers 

LANSING — Progress Michigan is applauding teachers and their unions for beating back a drawn-out, wasteful lawsuit from the Snyder administration and Attorney General Bill Schuette that tried to keep money from educators that was owed to them and their families.

Bill Schuette wasted six years of time and taxpayer resources on the case before abandoning it before the Michigan Supreme Court. The Snyder administration used public resources to hire outside counsel to continue their pursuit of educators’ paychecks. In total, $550 million was owed back to the teachers.

“Elected officials like Rick Snyder, Brian Calley, and Bill Schuette have tormented teachers for too long with these games in court,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Today, educators took back the pay that was rightfully theirs and we applaud them for sticking it out for so long and standing up for their rights. The Snyder administration wasted time and resources trying to take money away from teachers and Bill Schuette backed the efforts until the case was on death’s doorstep at the Supreme Court. This case is another example of how at the highest level of Republican leadership in this state there is an assault on public education.”


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