[...] states the board intentionally disregarded their duty to monitor the administrators and willingly used the wrongfully diverted income “for the purpose of deceiving the state of Michigan” on the status of the district’s deficit elimination plan.Eclectablog gets it exactly right:
“No employer may withhold or otherwise divert an employee’s income without that employee’s written permission,” Lee maintained in the lawsuit.
It’s important to note that this isn’t just moving around piles of money that are in the school district’s budget. They literally took money the teachers paid out of pocket and applied it to their bottom line. The outcome is that these teachers effectively had their benefits stripped and their pay cut at the same time and they never even knew it was happening. It is theft, pure and simple.Michigan has been accumulating an astonishingly bad record on treatment of teachers; in Grand Rapids, some teachers had to go on food stamps when increased health care contributions were retroactively taken out of their paychecks.