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Rochester MEA members make their money ‘talk’ to local businesses

Members of Rochester's North Hill Elementary School spent their money at Penny Black, a Rochester neighborhood restaurant.

Sometimes it takes a powerful visual to make the point that school employees are the backbone of a community’s economy. In Rochester, those employees let their money do the talking for them at their “Educator’s Cash Mob” on March 6.

Message on behalf of MEA President Steven Cook

You may be hearing about the “Classrooms and Kids” school funding proposal from your local superintendent. It is purported to put more money into the per-pupil foundation allowance. While it does increase the bottom line for per-pupil spending, the proposal gets its $186 million increase from eliminating a number of categorical aid line items.

EAA alternative bill discharged from Committee

Bills which provide an alternative to the expansion of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) have been moved out of the House Education Committee and await action on the House floor. HB 5268 and HB 5269, sponsored by Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids), will allow ISDs to have a part in assisting struggling schools.

Saginaw gets MDE extension on plan to close schools, lay off staff

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) gave Saginaw schools a reprieve today. The Saginaw City School District had until Feb. 10 to submit a deficit elimination plan that takes care of their $6.5 million debt. The superintendent-in conjunction with the union-- has a new plan, but asked for an extension after the school board delayed taking a vote Saturday.

MEA membership system offline for eDues system conversion

Beginning at noon on Friday, Jan. 17, MEA’s membership system will be offline to allow for the technical work to be completed on our conversion to a new and improved eDues system.

MDE recommends Smarter Balanced Assessment as the only assessment option for Common Core

​The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) reported to legislators that the only option for testing students on the Common Core State Standards is the Smarter Balanced assessment. The report is part of a resolution passed last fall by the Legislature authorizing MDE to spend state funds on implementing the standards.

MEA Headquarters closed

‘Dear Gov. Snyder: Here’s my holiday wish for public education. . .’

What suggestions for improving public education would you offer Gov. Rick Snyder?

Well, MEA members from across the state wrote their ideas in special holiday gift messages that were delivered to him last week. Just some of the ideas teachers and support staff recommended included reducing class sizes, providing enough funding for schools and classroom supplies, and addressing social issues such as poverty and nutrition.

MEA lobbyists working proactively on positive bills to help school employees and students

​One of the many advantages of MEA membership is having an organized and powerful voice for teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees.

Six Michigan teachers chosen for elite U.S. group to build model lesson plans, help kids and educators succeed

Six Michigan teachers have been tapped to share their cutting-edge lesson plans, methods, observations and other tips with other teachers across the nation.

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