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Blended Learning Workshop promotes 21st century skills

For the third year in a row, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) is hosting a two-day workshop on blended learning on August 13 and 14. You can register for a one or two-day session.

Utica teacher chosen for NEA’s State Network of Educators on CCSS

Cassandra Joss, a kindergarten teacher at Utica’s Burr Elementary School, has been chosen by NEA to participate in its State Network of Educators (SNE). As part of the Network, she will be helping teachers in Michigan and across the country prepare for Common Core.

MEA awards scholarships to outstanding public school students

This year, MEA awarded a total of 45 scholarships to honor exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall. The recipients were chosen from 905 applicants.

Many Michigan teachers won't stay long enough to collect their pensions

Most of the country's younger public school teachers won't stay in the profession long enough to earn a pension, according to a report from Bellwether Education Partners, a Washington-based education consulting group. For Michigan, the data shows only 43 percent of our public school teachers will receive a pension for their service to students.

Michigan will field test MEAP replacement

Today opens the window period for the field testing of the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests which will replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) next year. More than 120,000 students in 675 schools across the state are scheduled to participate in two field test windows.

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.

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