Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:45pm

According to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan ranks 32nd when it comes to a child's overall well-being compared to other states. Michigan dropped one slot in ranking from last year, making it the worst-performing state in the Great Lakes region. 

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:46pm

Michigan isn't the only state looking to establish stricter guidelines for charter school authorizers. A policy brief by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), reports that while 42 states have charter school legislation, only  33 states have authorizing bodies that are responsible for approving and overseeing charters schools. But only 15 of those states have set standards for authorizers.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:47pm

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:40pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:51pm

The Great Lakes Center annually releases a recommended "summer reading list" for educators. The list evaluates the so-called education reform movement and whether or not those reforms really work.

Posted on 07/15/14 at 11:23am

The Sunday, July 13 edition of the Lansing State Journal covered the issue of teacher evaluations in its "A Greater Lansing Outlook" section. Included is a column by MEA President Steve Cook, "Teachers support bills for fair evaluations," highlighting MEA's involvement in writing HB 5223 and HB 5224. 

Port Huron teachers disappointed in court’s dismissal of evaluation case

Port Huron teachers expressed disappointment over the partial dismissal of a lawsuit they brought against Port Huron Area Schools that sought to remove unfair evaluations and rescind layoff decisions that were based on the flawed evaluation process the district used for the two most recent school years.

Potterville educator helps navigate community through tragedies

Tragedy has struck Potterville Public Schools teacher Dan Brunk on numerous occasions, but he continues to overcome obstacles and help his students and community.

FAQ about MEA’s ESP certification program

Q: Do you recognize this symbol?

 

 

A: This is the Education Support Professionals’ certification symbol.

 

Q: Why do ESPs need a certification program?

Campus Equity Week: standing up for adjunct faculty rights

Educators, community members and college students are coming together to stand up for adjunct faculty rights during Campus Equity Week.

House passes bill requiring schools to hold three lockdown drills per year, post records online

The state House passed legislation Wednesday that would require K-12 schools to hold three lockdown drills per school year, as well as post verification on their websites that they’ve completed each drill.

Workgroup aims to transform teacher evaluation recommendations into legislation

A bi-partisan workgroup of legislators, education advocates and others is working to take the Michigan Council on Education Effectiveness’ recommendations for creating a new statewide teacher evaluation system and transform them into legislation.

MEA members comprise Michigan’s leading education organization

​With 150,000 members working together to improve educational outcomes for their students and working conditions for school employees, MEA is far and away Michigan’s largest and leading education organization.

DeWitt football coach Rob Zimmerman: No ‘I’ in ‘dynasty’

By all accounts, MEA member Rob Zimmerman has had a very good year— but if you were to ask him, he might tell you it’s been a great year for everyone else.

In addition to fulfilling his regular duties as a physical education and health teacher at DeWitt High School in DeWitt Public Schools, Zimmerman has guided the DeWitt Panthers’ football team to an undefeated regular season.

Study: Schools’ data-driven programs must be used to support students and teachers, not punish

America’s love for data is nothing new; the real challenge is asking whether the data make sense.

School employees mourn slain colleagues

​MEA members are mourning the loss of two colleagues who were murdered in separate tragedies last week.

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