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.

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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