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. 

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.

Cook: 'The purpose of Prop 2 is to restore--not extend union power.'

Critics of Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining and middle class families may have lost their court challenges to keep the issue off the November ballot, but they haven't given up the fight. They're flooding the media with interviews and ads designed to scare people into voting NO on Proposal 2 with questionable and inflammatory information.

In their latest attempt to discredit Proposal 2, critics claim that passage of the amendment would mean school employees could strike and not face any fines if they did.

MEA President Cook dismisses the idea, "Proposal 2 has within it for the first time a constitutional prohibition on school employee strikes. The right of the Legislature to determine penalties for school employee strikes is untouched by Proposal 2."

Opponents have also falsely said that Proposal 2 would undo laws such as those requiring school bus drivers to receive safety training, protecting students from sexual predators, and requiring school districts to fire employees with criminal backgrounds.

56th House District Larry Crider


Type of recommendation:  Regular


Larry Crider                                                               

Cell phone:  734 819 8340

Web site:


17th House District Bill LaVoy



Type of Recommendation:  Regular

Bill LaVoy

Business phone: 734 241-2815

Cell phone: 734 497-6525

11th House District David Knezek


Type of Recommendation:  Regular

David Knezek                                                                                      

Business phone: 313 451-4586

Cell phone:  313 854-0161

Web site:


10th House District Phil Cavanagh


Type of recommendation:    Continuing

Phil Cavanagh

Business phone:  313 286-3324

Cell phone:  313 213-5022

Web site:


9th House District Harvey Santana

Type of Recommendation:  Continuing

Harvey Santana                                              

Cell phone:  313 623-8639

Web site:

My voting record shows I am 100% supportive of public education, public schools teachers and their legal and contractual rights.

8th House District David Nathan

Type of Recommendation:   Continuing

David Nathan                                                                     

Cell phone:  313 740-8382

Web site:


No statement.

7th House District Thomas Stallworth III

Type of Recommendation:  Continuing

Thomas Stallworth III                         

Cell phone:  313 587-6174

Web site: