Mackinac Center scholars are increasingly asked by school board members and taxpayers whether other districts in the state have chosen alternatives to costly insurance plans offered by the Michigan Education Special Services Association, a third-party insurance administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association.

Below is a list of stories about districts that have addressed this issue, which will be expanded as more districts do the same. The links are to the Michigan Education Digest, the Center’s weekly e-mail summary of important education news stories from around the state. You can go here to receive the Michigan Education Digest. We’ve also included links to other articles and studies on MESSA.

For more information about MESSA or these stories, please contact Michael D. Jahr, the Mackinac Center's Communications Specialist, at (989) 631-0900.

District NameLink
Whitehall District Schools www.educationreport.org/7589
Pinckney Community Schools www.educationreport.org/7585
Holland Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7551
Lakeview Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7503
Otsego Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7448
Hesperia Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7380
Shepherd Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7380
West Michigan Insurance Pool www.educationreport.org/7358
Kentwood Public Schools www.educationreport.org/6858
Mona Shores Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7639
Utica Community School District www.educationreport.org/6833
Northern Michigan Schools www.educationreport.org/6800
Grand Rapids Public Schools www.mackinac.org/7116
Clare Public Schools www.mackinac.org/5734
Arvon Township Public Schools www.educationreport.org/3413
Houghton Lake Public Schools www.mackinac.org/7522
Jenison Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7627
Bay City Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7597
Forest Hills Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7597
Zeeland Public Schools www.educationreport.org/7597
Ironwood Area School District www.educationreport.org/7606

Articles and StudiesLink
"Growing number of districts seek solutions to costly health insurance" www.educationreport.org/7479
"Require MESSA data-sharing to let districts shop around" www.educationreport.org/7484
"Michigan Senate passes school health insurance bills" www.educationreport.org/7458
"Plurality of Michigan voters support teacher insurance pool" www.educationreport.org/7373
"Insurance analyst: MESSA vulnerable due to prices" www.educationreport.org/7354
"District shortfalls spark employee insurance debate" www.educationreport.org/7239
"Lansing must embrace basic reform following Watkins debacle" www.educationreport.org/7038
"4M: The Real Structural Problem" www.mackinac.org/6983
"Michigan at the Crossroads" www.mackinac.org/6957
"Profit Has a Role in Public Schools" www.mackinac.org/6898
"Fewer Students = More Money?" www.mackinac.org/6856
"MESSA: Keeping school districts from saving money" www.educationreport.org/6742
"State official: MESSA health care plan too expensive" www.educationreport.org/6482
"MSU School Finance Study Too Narrow to Support Tax Hike Recommendation" www.mackinac.org/5974
"The Six Habits of Fiscally Responsible Public School Districts" www.mackinac.org/4891
"Privatization and The Blues" www.mackinac.org/3998
"School Funding, Proposal A and Property Taxes" www.mackinac.org/3838
"The Michigan Education Association's Sept. 27 attack on the Mackinac Center" www.mackinac.org/3820
"MEA employee salaries well above teachers'" www.educationreport.org/3735
"How School Employee Labor Unions Politicize Government Schools" www.mackinac.org/1941
"Ensuring Insurance Competition" www.mackinac.org/667
"Collective Bargaining: Bringing Education to the Table" www.mackinac.org/791
"Teachers Deserve Good Benefits; Schools Deserve to Know What They Cost" www.mackinac.org/366
"MESSA: Insurance for Political Power" www.mackinac.org/7
"Michigan Education Special Services Association: The MEA's Money Machine" www.mackinac.org/8