Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:36pm

This year, MEA awarded a total of 45 scholarships to honor exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall. The recipients were chosen from 905 applicants.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:37pm

If the Legislature provides the funding, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will implement a new plan to help school districts with budget deficits. The plan is part of Gov. Snyder’s budget recommendations. Currently, there are 46 school districts with budget deficits.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:39pm

The Michigan School Safety and Bullying Prevention Summit will be held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on Monday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:40pm

If you’re looking to get involved in a community event that promotes safety and a healthy habit, consider signing up for the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. In Michigan, the event is sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation to make communities more walkable and “bikeable.”

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:21am

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:27am

Michigan students aren’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to showing improvement in areas of reading and math, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education advocacy and research organization. The group used 10 years’ worth of data on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) given to fourth, eighth and 12th graders.

MEA members and other union workers honored at Labor Day events

MEA members from all corners of Michigan joined with their union brothers and sisters in Labor Day festivities last week to celebrate the invaluable contributions that union members have made to American society.

Teachers and education support professionals were cheered by citizens who attended Labor Day across the state. Such displays of public support for MEA members serve as a strong reminder that school employees are well-respected by the public — despite what some right-wing politicians might think.

Troy teachers picket against unfair treatment by school district

MEA stands up for members' rights by providing each member with $1 million in liability insurance

Chemistry labs, gymnasiums and other school facilities can be dangerous places, and accidents often result in lawsuits.

Troy teachers picket; seeking agreement on new contract

Troy teachers picket; seeking agreement on new contract

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Flint-area school employees celebrate dawn of new school year

Nearly 100 MEA members and their families gathered at the Flint MEA office Aug. 27 to celebrate the start of a new school year and network with one another — as well as to learn more about the services offered by their local, state and national associations.

MEA members sound off on Facebook about upcoming opportunities, challenges

With the new school year finally upon us, MEA asked members via its Facebook page what they were looking forward to most in the 2013-14 school year. Here are just a few of the many responses:

 
  • Cherie Wade Honeycutt, teacher, Alpena Public Schools: “I look forward to being back with an amazing staff at Besser Elementary in Alpena. We are facing a financial crisis, as are many schools. But we are a group of passionate, caring professionals who strive every day to face the challenges that come with being an educator and to work towards giving our students a top-notch education.”
  • John Pakledinaz, teacher and president of the Farwell Education Association: “As president of our union, I am looking forward to the opportunity to discuss membership with new teachers hired in our district, Farwell Area Schools. In the classroom, I am looking forward to the flipped classroom model I will be experimenting with in my chemistry class.”
  • Bonnie Adams, food services ESP, Thornapple-Kellogg Schools: “I look forward to a great year at Thornapple Kellogg Schools in Middleville. Although times are hard, the children still come in smiling. When they graduate, they know T.K. put everything into teaching and they have learned everything they need to know in life. We work together (parents, teachers and support staff) to help all kids succeed.”
  • Brad Wenz, teacher, Romeo Community Schools: “Romeo Community Schools is implementing the technology that our community provided via a tech bond last fall. I’m looking forward to training and slowly integrating the tech into my daily class life.”

MEA stands up for members’ rights by providing each member with $1 million in liability insurance

Chemistry labs, gymnasiums and other school facilities can be dangerous places, and accidents often result in lawsuits.

Cook in Detroit News: Proposed evaluation system can work if it’s fully funded

A proposed new system for evaluating teachers can be a major step forward to achieving fair and reliable evaluations, but only if proper funding is in place, MEA President Steve Cook wrote in a column published Wednesday in the Detroit News.

State Senate finally passes Medicaid expansion, benefiting students and working families

After months of delay and political threats by Tea Party extremists, the state Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a Medicaid expansion plan that will extend health care to about 400,000 low-income Michigan citizens.

MEA staff helps members navigate issues in special education

It’s an unconscionable stain on our nation’s history: Fewer than 40 years ago, many states had laws that actually forbid special needs students from attending public schools, including students who were deaf, blind or had developmental disabilities.

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