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Mr. Stuart Skauge

UniServ Director

Michigan Education Association

Direct Phone: (906) ***-****       

Michigan Education Association

1216 Kendale Blvd.

East Lansing, Michigan 48826

United States

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MEA Financial Services is a member owned corporation whose purpose is to add value to your MEA membership. Our focus is on providing quality programs and serving as the resource for the financial information our members need to help them obtain their fina ... more

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UniServ Director
Northern Zone MEA

MEAs Uniserve Director
Marquette Area Public Schools

Copper Country Education Association


Upper Peninsula Labor-management Council inc

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Stu Skauge, Michigan ...

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Stu Skauge, Michigan Education Association UniServ director for Marquette and Alger counties and former middle school teacher of 33 years, said Marquette at one time had seven elementary schools. Fisher and Parkview elementary schools were first to close, and the process was painful and contentious, Skauge said.

"Then Pat Smith came in and they decided they were (going to) close ... Whitman," Skauge said.

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Stu Skauge, Michigan Education Association UniServ director for Marquette and Alger counties and former middle school teacher of 33 years, said more testing won't produce higher quality teachers. Making the profession more attractive to quality, high-performing candidates will.

"With teacher pay so low, with teacher education so costly, what's happening is nobody's going into teaching," Skauge said.
In Michigan, at least 50 percent of new teachers quit within the first five years, Skauge said.
A 2014 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education found roughly 500,000 U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year, attrition that costs up to $2.2 billion annually.
"Teachers are being vilified just like the police department is," Skauge said. "It seems like we've lost appreciation for what teachers do. We act as if nobody's doing a good job and then we keep putting more and more on their plate."
To expand the teaching pool, the NCTQ recommends the state establish guidelines for alternate route programs and grant certification to teachers from other states who can demonstrate evidence of effectiveness or meet licensure test requirements.
But Skauge said alternate route programs that bring non-educators into teaching will not improve student learning. Effective classroom management and student engagement - not just content knowledge - must be formally studied and practiced, he said.
For better teacher retention, the council wants the state to support differential pay initiatives in both subject-shortage areas and high-needs schools.
Shortages among teachers, especially in math and science, is a growing national concern.
Skauge rejected the idea differential pay will reverse the trend.
"You shouldn't get paid more simply because there is a shortage in the particular area where you're teaching," Skauge said. "You've got to make the pay better for everybody."
But pay is not the primary appeal for prospective teachers, he added.
"I think what attracts people into teaching is respect and ... appreciation, and I think that we have to make (teaching) a profession again," Skauge said.

Board of Directors - Upper Peninsula Labor-management Council, inc - Escanaba, Mi : Other

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Stuart Skauge

Michigan Education Association
560 Mather Avenue
Ishpeming, MI 49849

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Stu Skauge, UniServ director for the MEA, listed a number of causes for concern with Chartwells' bid, and said the district's lunch fund problems weren't with expenditures but with revenues, which have gone down and he said would continue to go down under the private company.

He urged the board to find alternatives to privatizing.
"Shame on you guys," Skauge said to the board after the vote was cast.

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Stu Skauge, UniServ director for the Michigan Educational Association, said the company's projected savings "have never come true anywhere else that Chartwells operates."

"None of them should have been served," Skauge said.
Skauge, as a union representative, has been meeting with a committee of Negaunee school board members, Skewis and the district's business manager over the past two years to try and work through its financial problems with the lunch fund.
Skauge recommended the district terminate its contract with Chartwells and slightly raise the cost of lunch - or cut employees to be more efficient. The latter is an unpopular option, he said, but the union would rather the district lay off some employees to be more efficient than lay off all its employees by privatizing the entire program.
Skauge said it's better economics for the whole area for the district to keep its union food service staff.
"These are local employees that live in our community. And when they earn money, all that money stays in Negaunee or Ishpeming," he said.
On Chartwells' bid sheet, provided by Skauge, the on-site manager's salary and benefits for next school year would be $82,964.
"That seems like a lot of money for the manager," he said.

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