Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:12pm

Grants of up to $2,500 for arts-related equipment or supplies to be used in schools are available through Michigan Youth Arts with assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). "Art Equipment & Supplies Grant" applies to performing arts subjects like instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, creative writing, media arts, special education and more.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:11pm

State Board of Education (SBE) members are looking for someone with experience in education-perhaps a former local superintendent or teacher-to be the next state superintendent of instruction. Their search is expected to be completed by January 2015, well ahead of current Superintendent Mike Flanagan's retirement in July 2015.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:09pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is making Michigan a stop on her Back to School Tour! Location details are still being finalized, but put the date on your calendar.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:17pm

recent EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters showed that 82 percent of them believe that for-profit management companies should be required to publicly explain how they're spending the $1 billion in taxpayer dollars they're getting from the state.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:20pm

NEA's Works4Me is a free weekly newsletter with practical classroom tips written by teachers for teachers. There are tips and best ideas on classroom management, teaching techniques, curriculum, content, and more. When you sign up to receive the newsletter, you'll join other Michigan teachers who have already provided tips and suggestions.  

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:21pm

The California's Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) have appealed the Los Angeles Superior Court's decision to strip state educators of their tenure rights. The action by the teacher unions follows a similar appeal by the State of California and California Gov. Jerry Brown

Learn more about DACA through NEA webinar

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Undocumented Students (DACA) was created by President Obama in June 2012. It allows young people who were born abroad to stay in the United States without fear of being deported and pursue their dreams of giving back to the country they now call home. So far, more than half a million youth have taken advantage of the program.

EDEX 2.0—You’re invited to apply

For 20 years, through their Education Excellence Awards, the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and SET SEG Foundation has been recognizing programs in Michigan’s local and intermediate public school districts that positively reflect the innovative spirit in today’s schools and measurably improve student achievement.

Treasurers Training Tidbits

These training files were created to provide quick references for local association treasurers.

Special members-only discounts for Valentine’s Day (Yes…it’s this Friday!)

As an MEA member you have access to members-only discounts that can save you big when you need it most.

Like when you (or someone you love) forgets that Valentine’s Day is coming up this Friday!

By logging into our members-only MEA Advantage Discount Search, you can order online and save up to 25% on flowers to be delivered on Valentine’s Day.  Other big savings are available on chocolates and other sweets for your sweetheart, as well as discounts for a romantic dinner for two at local restaurants. Check it out today – or share the info with someone you love (we’re sure they’ll appreciate your suggestion)!

If you haven’t logged in before, use your six-digit member number from your MEA membership card to log in.  If you don’t have your member number, you can sign on to Update Your Information in the Members Only area of www.mea.org to get a temporary membership card.  You can also get assistance and take advantage of the savings today by contacting the MEA Help Center at 866-MEA-HELP (866-632-4357) or through the live chat in the upper right corner of the website.

Top 10 Critical Education Issues for 2014

Education Week blogger, Peter DeWitt, is an education writer and a principal on leave from his position in New York. His articles have appeared in state, national and international education journals. His latest blog post reviews what he believes are the most critical issues facing education in 2014 that need our attention.

Michigan leads the nation in hiring of part-time faculty, administration

Increasing tuition, devastating cuts in state aid to higher education, and an increase in student loan debt are not the only problems facing higher education.

Saginaw gets MDE extension on plan to close schools, lay off staff

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) gave Saginaw schools a reprieve today. The Saginaw City School District had until Feb. 10 to submit a deficit elimination plan that takes care of their $6.5 million debt. The superintendent-in conjunction with the union-- has a new plan, but asked for an extension after the school board delayed taking a vote Saturday.

President Steve Cook in the Detroit News: How to invest Michigan's surplus

Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislators find themselves with an unexpected surplus in the state budget this year.

Contrary to Snyder’s spin, this surplus is not the result of a booming Michigan economy. Michigan still has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, and our recovery is anemic compared to other states.


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140129/OPINION01/301290007#ixzz2roCD4eut

Annual MEA Scholarship Fund Golf Outing

Annual Golf Outing scheduled for June 16!

Register today to play in the fourteenth annual MEA Scholarship Fund Golf Outing. Space fills up quick – register today!

This year’s outing is slated for Monday, June 16, at the Forest Akers Golf Course in Lansing. This event gives players the chance to support an event that provides college scholarships to public school students across Michigan.

Read Across America Day - March 3, 2014

NEA’s Read Across America Day on March 3 is more than just a one-day celebration of reading on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It’s an opportunity to focus on an initiative that promotes reading every day. It is also another opportunity to recognize your efforts in making public schools great for every Michigan child.

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