Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:10am

Schools across the state will be starting a new school year in less than a month, but there’s been no further legislative action on the adoption of a statewide teacher and administrator evaluation system. And the MEAP will still be used this school year since no new statewide student assessment has been chosen that will measure student growth—a measurement that will impact teacher and administrator evaluations.

Posted on 06/09/14 at 10:26am

Three MEA members have been chosen to be a part of the inaugural April 2014 class of NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Network Facilitators. Annette Christiansen of Utica, Cassandra Joss of Utica and Shawn Shivnen of Romulus will serve as online community facilitators to promote online discussions on professional development issues.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:11am

Seven schools will benefit from a $2 million pilot program established in the new state education budget that helps them switch to an alternative school calendar. The State Board of Education is expected to approve five schools and two more schools will receive money through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to offset costs. All seven schools are moving to a year-round calendar.

Posted on 08/04/14 at 3:06pm

If the State Board of Education has its way, students won't have to dissect animals in their science classes if they have moral or religious objections or other reasons. The State Board adopted the policy in May and has since gained strong support from the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). 

Posted on 08/04/14 at 3:09pm

In a meeting last week, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan made it clear to Michigan's state school authorizers that he's going to hold them accountable-especially when it comes to poor performing authorizers opening up any new schools. In Michigan, local and intermediate school districts, community colleges and public universities can authorize charter schools.

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.

Scholarship Fund Trustees

Start Date

Max of 2 consecutive 3-yr terms -- staggered



3 members or staff not on MEA Bd or NEA Bd


Resolutions Committee

MUST BE A DELEGATE (no alternates)


Start Date

10 members, staggered/no more than 4 leaving at a time



Jeff Leonhardt (2015-BD-Reg 15)

NEA Resolutions Committee

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Must be delegate – can only serve 6 years



Theresa Dudley (Reg 9)


Minority Affairs Committee

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Robert Gaines (2016-BD-Reg 7  B)



MEA-PAC Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee

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Members by office held



Steven Cook, MEA President


MEA-PAC Governing Board

(Annual Meeting in May- 2 yr. terms)

Start Date

Elected Members



Millie Lambert (2014-Reg 5)


MEA-PAC Council

Start Date




Theresa Dudley (2014-BdM-Reg 9)



MEA Financial Services Board of Directors

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Keith Swets (Nov. 2015)



Long Range Planning Committee

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Steven Cook (2014)



Long Range Bargaining Committee

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Connie Boylan (2014-BdM-Reg 15)