Snyder signs bill relaxing snow day penalties for current school year

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new law Thursday sparing school districts from losing state funding for missing too many days due to this past winter’s unusually poor weather.

Republican bill would ignore education, experience in salary decisions for future educators

Steve Norton, executive director of Michigan Parents for Schools, testifying Wednesday before the House Education Committee in opposition to House Bill 4625, which would ban school districts from considering teachers’ experience and much of their educational attainment when setting their wages.

It would be illegal to pay future educators based on their experience and education except for few exceptions, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Pete Lund, R-Romeo.

Several opportunities available for educator input on public policy

Reforms to science curriculum standards and teaching preparation are in the works, and the Michigan Department of Education is seeking public input from educators on both.

MEA supports Schor bill closing dangerous loophole in Michigan’s gun law

MEA President Steve Cook (right) addresses media at the state Capitol on March 14 about the MEA’s support for House Bill 4104, which would close a dangerous loophole that allows concealed pistol license holders to openly carry firearms in Michigan schools. With Cook is the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing.

The Michigan Education Association endorsed legislation Thursday that would close a dangerous loophole in Michigan’s gun law that allows a concealed weapons license holder to openly carry a gun in gun-free zones such as schools.

Ferris State accused of unfair labor practices after turning down their own contract offer

The Ferris Faculty Association has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission asserting the university’s Board of Trustees violated state labor law when it recently failed to pass a five-year contract.

Read Across America coming to Warren and Lansing on March 1

The famous “Cat-a-Van,” featuring Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat,” will make stops in Warren and Lansing on Friday, March 1, as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.

Saginaw Township middle school wins national technology grant

Saginaw Township's White Pine Middle School beat out 2,500 other entrants from across the nation to win a $50,000 technology grant from The Clorox Company for the school's COWS (Computers On Wheels) program.

Read Across America

NEA's Read Across America Day on March 1 is more than just a one-day celebration of reading on Dr. Seuss' birthday. It's an opportunity to focus on an initiative that promotes reading every day.

Report: Solutions to dropout crisis must be coordinated with outside agencies

Research shows that most risk factors influencing student dropout rates are centered outside of school, making it critical for schools to coordinate with service agencies to solve the dropout crisis, according to a new policy brief released by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Mich. education leaders react to Newtown tragedy

By now, we’ve all heard about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. We’ve watched the images on television of a community grieving. We’ve read the stories of the teachers who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of students. We’ve listened to pundits argue over causes and solutions. Among it all, we’ve hugged our children a little longer and a little harder, and we’ve shed more than a few tears.

It’s hard to make sense of what happened that day, when a deranged gunman shot 20 first-graders to death, along with four teachers, the principal, the school psychologist, his mother and himself. What we do know is the heroic actions of school employees saved countless lives — in some cases, at the expense of their own.