Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:45pm

Three out of 10 K-12 students failed all of their online courses last year and more than 50 percent failed at least one of their virtual classes, according to Michigan Virtual University (MVU). In the 2013-14 school year, 76,122 students took online classes. 

Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:56pm

With national opposition to the overuse of standardized testing increasing, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium is cutting 90 minutes off its 11-hour-long assessment. It has also decided to start the testing period later in the school year. PARCC’s tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:02pm

If you’re a local president looking for guidance and support, there’s still time to get the training you and your local need through the 2015-16 Local Presidents Academy (LPA). The deadline has been extended to June 15 and all local presidents—new, experienced, EA, ESP, higher ed, with or without release time—can benefit from the program at little or no cost to participants or to the local.

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:04pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting the last in a series of webinars featuring models of Personalized Learning on May 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. Nicholas Provenzono, a Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and MEA member, will be presenting “Creating a Genius in Every Hour.”

Posted on 05/18/15 at 12:10pm

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

101st House District Allan O’Shea

Type of Recommendation:  Regular

Democrat

Allan O’Shea                                                  

Cell phone:      231 510-1817

Web site:  www.osheaformichigan101.com

Email:  Windowman50@hotmail.com

87th House District Mike Callton

Type of recommendation:    Regular

Republican

Mike Callton                                      

Cell phone:      517 652-3827

Web site: www.Mikecallton.com

Email:              michaelcallton181@hotmail.com

I consider myself a public school supporter.  I was a school board member for fifteen years.

42nd House District Shanda Willis

Type of Recommendation:  Regular

Democrat

Shanda Willis                                                 

Web site:         www.shandaforstaterep.com

Email:              shadawillisforhouse@gmail.com

Every child deserves a quality public education.

 Campaign Address

Shanda Willis for 42nd House

108th House District Sharon Gray

Type of Recommendation:   Regular

Democrat

Sharon Gray                                       

Cell phone:      906 241-4276

Web site: www.votesharongray.com

Email:  graysharon2012@yahoo.com

109th House District John Kivela

Type of recommendation:  Regular

Democrat

John Kivela                             

Cell phone:      906 869-6672

Business phone:          906 225-5566

Web site: www.kivelaforstaterep.com

Email:  jkivela@charter.net

62nd House District Kate Segal

Type of Recommendation:  Continuing

Democrat

Kate Segal                            

Cell phone:   269 282-4894

27th House District Ellen Cogen-Lipton

Type of Recommendation:  Regular

Democrat

Ellen Cogen-Lipton                 

Cell phone: 248 943-1090

Web site: www.voteforellen.org

Email:  voteforellen@gmail.com

Proposal 2 attack ads full of lies, misleading statements

Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, the group who tried so hard to keep Proposal 2 off the ballot, has not given up. They have released another attack ad on the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining and working families that is full of lies and misleading statements. The ad is being bankrolled by corporate special interests who have poured more than $1 million on Proposal 2 attacks.

This time, they claim that if the proposal passes, teachers will strike as they did in Chicago, bus drivers will no longer have to pass safety standards, and pension and health care costs will rise. These unfounded claims are meant to scare and mislead voters.

Proposal 2 clearly states, "No existing or future law of the State. . .shall abridge, impair or limit the foregoing rights; provided that the State may prohibit or restrict strikes by employees of the State and its political subdivisions."

Recommendations on Ballot Proposals

This flyer summarizes the ballot proposals that has MEA’s recommendations.  The actual ballot language is also on the flyer. 

MPSERS study goes to Chicago firm

A Chicago-based firm, Segal Co., has landed the $140,000 contract to conduct a legislative study called for in SB 1040--now PA 300. In addition to overhauling the insurance portion of the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS), the new law called for an outside firm to study the possibility of shutting down the current hybrid system and moving members to a 401(k) defined contribution system.

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