November 30, 2012 – A judge on Thursday upheld most of an overhaul of Michigan’s retirement system for public school workers, while Republicans moved quickly to address her lone concern that workers were not given enough time to make decisions under the new law. Both the Senate GOP and a spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder said Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ruled in their favor by finding the bulk of the law to be constitutional. When the law was signed in September, she temporarily blocked it because school employees hired before mid-2010 were given less than two months to decide if they want to pay more toward their retirement or receive a smaller pension for future years of work. A third option is to freeze their existing pension benefit and convert to a 4 percent 401(k)-style contribution for future years of service.