Posted on 06/29/15 at 12:26pm

This Wednesday, Brian Whiston takes over as the new State Superintendent. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, he talks about standardized testing, school funding, charter and cyber schools, deficit schools and teacher evaluations.

Posted on 06/29/15 at 12:27pm

Michigan delegates to NEA's Representative Assembly will join more than 7,000 educators on their way to Orlando to help set education policy and talk about what's best for students. The annual meeting starts July 3 and runs through July 6.

Posted on 06/22/15 at 5:38pm

SaveOnEnergy.com is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy. By submitting your plan, you have a chance to win a $500 Teacher Grant for your classroom. Save On Energy.com will be awarding six $500 grants in the form of Visa Reward Cards to be used toward classroom materials and activities. SaveOnEnergy.com is a resource for consumers on all aspects of energy and sustainability.

Posted on 06/22/15 at 5:25pm

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is holding meetings around the state with parents of special education students to gather input on their experiences with the state’s special education system. To reach even more parents, Calley also launched an online survey which will be available through August. 

Posted on 06/22/15 at 5:31pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that teachers and educators should not be put in law enforcement roles when they carry out their duty of reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. The National Education Association (NEA) filed an amicus brief in the case, Ohio v. Clark, stating that “educators’ valuable role as mandatory reporters and caregivers should not be compromised.”

Posted on 06/30/15 at 9:19am

With the passage of Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act in 1965, teachers finally went from begging to bargaining. Thanks to PERA, all public school employees have the right to negotiate for fair wages, quality health care benefits and decent working conditions.

Attorney Andrew Nickelhoff details why MI Attorney General Bill Schuette is wrong for attacking working families

Today, the campaign to protect working families responded to  Attorney General Bill Schuette's attempt to deny citizens the opportunity to vote on a ballot proposal to ensure collecitve bargaining rights for Michigan workers. 

In a conference call, legal expert, Andrew Nickelhoff detailed why the people of Michigan deserve a chance to vote and revealed that Schuette's recently released opinion was in direct opposition to stances he's taken in the past.  The opinion offered by Schuette, at the request of Governor Snyder, attempts to prevent Michigan residents from having a voice.  Schuette’s opinion, which is not binding, comes after the Secretary of State’s office shot down an effort by corporate special interests to try and block the proposal.

Collective bargaining brings both sides together to negotiate fair wages and benefits, safer work conditions and protection from arbitrary decisions. It gets firefighters and police life-saving equipment, protects nurses so they can speak up about a patient’s care and limits class sizes so teachers can better educate our kids. 

Nearly 700,000 Michigan residents signed a petition to protect the right to negotiate for fair wages and benefits.  Citizens deserve a chance to vote on the ballot proposal.

See press release .

Metro Detroit members urged to vote YES on Detroit Institute of Arts millage

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is a national treasure that provides great education programming for metro Detroit schools. It's a resource that the Metro Detroit area can't afford to lose, which is why MEA is recommending a YES vote on the DIA millages in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.

Say NO to corporate special interests buying elections

In the 6th State House District, Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst -- her organization that led the charge on attacking collective bargaining and due process rights last year -- have spent nearly $40,000 in support of a Democratic representative who voted with them. And they just snuck another $118,000 into the state after the campaign finance reporting deadline, so they could be spending even more.

Vote today--Make a difference

Don't buy into the idea that your vote doesn't count. Your vote is your voice and when we all vote, we send a loud and clear message to politicians and special interest groups who would prefer we stay home tomorrow.

Lists of recommended candidates are available in the Members Only area of www.mea.org. The list represents the voice of MEA members across the state who interviewed the candidates and recommended your support of them because they will stand up for public education, working families and the middle class.

Out-of-State Applicants

The revised school code, effective July 1, 1996, introduced the Temporary Teaching Employment Authorization. This will be issued by the Michigan Department of Education to out-of-state applicants for the purpose of employment before the required teacher tests are passed. Requirements are that applicants:

National Board Certification

"National Board Certification is a way for the teaching profession to define and recognize highly accomplished practice. A certificate awarded by the National Board attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as one who meets high and rigorous professional standards. He or she has demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students' best interests and to act effectively on those judgments." For additional information go to www.nbpts.org.

Certification Nullification

The Revised School Code, effective July 1, 1996, contains a substantially revised section pertaining to certification nullification, the process by which a certified teacher may nullify his or her certificate or nullify one or more endorsements or a grade level certification included in the teaching certificate.

Access your Certification Records Online

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, offers a website which provides a record of educator credential(s) issued to individuals by the Michigan Department of Education.

To access these records, go to http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_57223-247108--,00.html.

Questions about this service may be directed to Roberta Stanley at 517-373-6791 or stanleyr@michigan.gov.

Deadline extended for MIP and Social Justice Institute registration

The chance to save $25 by registering early for the 2012 Minority and Women Leadership Program (MIP) and the Social Justice Institute has been extended to Aug. 10. Until then, the registration fee is $50. After that date, the registration fee increases to $75.

Deadline extended for MIP and Social Justice Institute registration

The chance to save $25 by registering early for the 2012 Minority and Women Leadership Program (MIP) and the Social Justice Institute has been extended to Aug. 10. Until then, the registration fee is $50. After that date, the registration fee increases to $75.

And if you want to save even more, register online at the Members Only site and you’ll only be paying $40 to attend both conferences. You can also download the program.

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