Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:59pm

The Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) has launched InspirED, a newsletter featuring the innovative and inspiring stories happening every day for Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. 

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:57pm

Michigan is one of 16 states that will probably be looking for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards that call for using student test scores in teacher evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering to give states that already have an NCLB waiver even longer to create new assessments. Currently, the state still doesn't have an assessment that measures student growth.

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:56pm

According to a report released last month by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), nearly 1.26 million homeless students in primary and secondary grades across the country were enrolled in the 2012-13 school year. 

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:53am

MEA members can now access MEA information and news via a new mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. You can link to the app or go into the iPhone "App Store" or Android's "Google Play" and search for "Michigan Education Association."

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:04am

Amanda Erspamer-Berry, an MEA member and teacher in Marquette's Alternative High School, is one of 15 finalists for a $100,000 grant in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." The grant is challenging educators from across the country to submit innovative proposals that would help students. Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes they receive. Your vote can help make Amanda's vision become a reality for her students.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:08am

NEA President Lily Eskelsen has finished her Back-to-School Tour and talks about "What I Saw, Who I Met and What You Should Know About My Back to School Tour" in her blog at LilysBlackboard.org.  She talks about her visit to Northwestern High School in Flint where students and staff worked hard to move the school off Michigan's Priority Schools list. Read what she learned from members across the country.

FAQ on MPSERA Litigation

For Members Only

We answer some of your Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement Act Litigation.

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Free to MEA members: WebEx on Certification this Wednesday

Considering the changes in the law regarding certification, there is nothing more important than keeping your certification up-to-date. Whether your certificate expires this summer or in five years—you need to develop a plan to protect your certification.

MEA can help!

Join the free WebEx workshop for MEA members on Wednesday, May 21 at 5 p.m.  (EDS). “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification” will cover how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate using the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.

You can join the online workshop for free by going to https://mea.webex.com/mea/j.php?MTID=ma224c260e491ced484d1a33039bd8f74. When asked, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter 12345 and then click “Join.” The WebEx will also be recorded so MEA members can view it at a later date.

Know what the law says about teacher evaluations for the 2014-15 school year

PA 257 (SB 817) amended the School Code to delay the implementation of teacher and school administrator performance evaluation requirements until the 2015-16 school year.

However, key provisions of the law impact evaluations for the 2014-15 school year. The law is silent as it relates to a specific percentage of student growth to be used in teacher evaluations this year. It also says that student growth must be measured, at least in part, using a state assessment. However, we don't have a state assessment for this school year that measures student growth. 

While provisions of the law seem confusing, the very first sentence of the law remains clear-the evaluation system must be developed "with the involvement of teachers." As you work with your school district, use this checklist (Link to email document.) to make sure your evaluation system reflects what is actually required under the law.

Newsletter focuses on the new reality of Michigan's public schools

The Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) has launched InspirED, a newsletter featuring the innovative and inspiring stories happening every day for Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. 

Will Michigan have an evaluation system ready in time for the DOE?

Michigan is one of 16 states that will probably be looking for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards that call for using student test scores in teacher evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering to give states that already have an NCLB waiver even longer to create new assessments. Currently, the state still doesn't have an assessment that measures student growth.

Number of homeless students hits record high

According to a report released last month by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), nearly 1.26 million homeless students in primary and secondary grades across the country were enrolled in the 2012-13 school year. 

Snyder calls members’ front-line stories of school cuts ‘hogwash’

Increased class sizes, fewer staff, dwindling supply budgets, program cuts—every day, you, your students and their parents feel the effects of Gov. Snyder’s $1 billion cut to education in 2011 so corporate special interests could enjoy a $1.8 billion tax cut.

Four out of five of our members report having witnessed the effects of those cuts over the past four years. 

Want the truth about funding cuts? Ask educators!

Poll: 4 out of 5 educators have witnessed
school funding cuts in past four years
                                                                         

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 15, 2014 — Roughly four out of five Michigan educators have experienced funding cuts at their school in the past four years, according to a member poll released today by the Michigan Education Association.

“If you want to know the truth about what’s really happening with education funding in our state, the people to ask are Michigan’s educators,” said MEA President Steven Cook.  “Cuts to K-12 and higher education aren’t just campaign rhetoric – they are reality experienced every day by MEA members across the state.”

In response to the question, “Thinking about the last four years, have you witnessed funding cuts to your local school district and school?", 78 percent responded that they had witnessed cuts, with 11 percent saying they had not and another 11 percent saying they were unsure. 

Student Programs Advisory Committee

The SMEA Advisory Committee meets once a month.  All SMEA members are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to rernst@mea.org if you plan to attend one of the following meetings:

October 25, 2014

November 22, 2014 (at Central Michigan University)

December 20, 2014

January 24, 2014

Start Date

Committee Members

Dues and Lobbying

Looking back, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into last school year, but I was asked to come to Lansing and lobby against a bill that would expand cyber schools in Michigan. Honesty, I didn’t really know what lobbying looked like. I mean I could tell you what a lobbyist is – but really how it worked—I had no idea.  What I did know is that MEA had lobbyists on staff who were full time and part of my dues dollars went to pay for them. 

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