Your One-Stop Shop for All EAA Transition Related Questions

 

Welcome to the Transition page of the Education Achievement Authority. The page is designed to address any questions from staff during the 2016-17 school year.

The page will include an FAQ section where questions regarding the transition will be posted with answers. Please check back often to see if your question has been addressed.

To submit a question, please send an email to questions@eaaofmichigan.org.

Will the EAA continue to offer the TIF incentive to teachers, for the 2016-2017 school year?
The EAA will continue to offer the TIF incentive for the 2016-2017 school year.

How will our contracted salary be affected by the transition and where can I find a revised payment schedule?
The 2016-2017 payment schedule and details have been included on the “Pay Periods” fact sheet, which can be found here.

Is employment guaranteed for EAA employees with the new entity after the transition?
The EAA as it is organized today, will not exist after June 30, 2017.  Continued employment with the EAA or the new entity cannot be guaranteed at this time.  The Chancellor will be aggressively advocating for comparable contracts for all school-based employees with the assuming entity.

When will current employees of the EAA be informed if they are being offered positions with the new entity?
This is currently unknown. Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available.

If positions are offered to current EAA employees by the new entity, will a new job application be required?
This is currently unknown. Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available. The Chancellor will be aggressively advocating for comparable contracts for all school-based employees with the assuming entity.

How will our contracted salary be affected by the transition and where can I find a revised payment schedule?
The 2016-2017 payment schedule and details have been included on the “Pay Periods” fact sheet, which can be found here.

Will there be a reduction in staff?
The EAA does not anticipate any further reductions in staff or services.

Will employees be paid for unused sick/PTO days?
The policy regarding payouts has been updated for the 2016-2017 school year. Please refer to pages 29-30 of the “EAA 16-17 Employee Handbook”

Will the EAA merge with Detroit Public Schools?
This is currently unknown.  Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, how will the 457/401(k) vesting schedule be affected and what % of the EAA match will we keep?
You are always 100% vested in your own contributions (which are made to the 457 Plan.) The vesting schedule for the EAA’s matching contributions to the 401(k) plan is below:

A year of service is a full calendar year. All vested contributions belong to the employ at the time employment terminates. Please reference the “State of Michigan 401(k) & 457 Plan Highlights” document for more detail

Years of Service*

Percent Vested

After 1 Year

0%

After 2 Years

50%
After 3 Years 75%
After 4 Years 100%

*A year of service is accrued after a minimum of 1020 hours.  Only one year of service may be accrued in a year.  If you leave employment before you are 100% vested, the non-vested portion is forfeited.

A year of service is a full calendar year. All vested contributions belong to the employ at the time employment terminates. Please reference the “State of Michigan 401(k) & 457 Plan Highlights” document for more details

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, will the new Entity offer Summer School Opportunities?Each employee under contract has been provided with proposed payment details should summer school occur.  Similarly, Chancellor Conforme will advocate for non-contract employees to continue their employment through summer school at the rate provided in their offer of employment.  It is our sincere desire that the full school year calendar is completed.  Please continue to check this site for updates as transition planning meetings continue

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, will all employees (including teachers) be eligible for unemployment?                                                                                                                             Employees who (i) continue with the district through its closure on June 30, 2017 and (ii) do not have employment contracts with other districts for Summer/Fall 2017 are likely eligible for unemployment.

Will the EAA offer additional teacher retention incentives for the 16-17 school year?  If so, what details are publicly available?
The Chancellor has sent out district wide communications with the details of teacher retention incentives for the 16-17 school year.  

  • Click here to read the Chancellor’s September 2, 2016 email
  • Click here to read the Chancellor’s September 14, 2016 email

Any additional retention incentives will be communicated throughout the school year.

Will the EAA conduct formal discussions or inquiries among families and staff of EAA schools to determine their interests in the future of their schools?
The Chancellor and the EAA Board are committed to providing such a forum for parents, students and employees.  Once the forums are scheduled, a communication will be sent out to faculty, staff, students and parents.

Will the EAA healthcare coverage end on June 30th, 2017?  If so, what are the options to extend the healthcare coverage?
The payroll deductions with respect to benefits have been adjusted so that you will only pay for healthcare coverage through June 30, 2017.  Your EAA healthcare coverage will end on June 30, 2017 and there is no option for COBRA/continuing coverage.  We encourage all employees to review their options through the healthcare exchange by clicking here.  We will also be hosting information sessions to help employees better understand how the healthcare exchange will work.

If the EAA transitions into DPSCD, would the EAA staff receive pay rate changes to align with DPSCD guidelines?
This is currently unknown.  Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available.

Will the EAA Special Education program experience any changes after June 30th 2017?  If so, what changes can the Special Education teachers expect?
This is currently unknown.  Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available.

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, will the new Entity continue the current Academies and Small Learning Communities?
One of our most important priorities in the transition process is to preserve the work and progress of the SLCs and our leaders and teachers more broadly.  Our hope is that the SLCs will continue as planned.  Please continue to check this site for updates as transition planning meetings continue.