Eaton Rapids High School football coach Mike Smith understands that what happens on the playing field is only a very small part of a coach’s job — the true measure of a quality coach is how much he or she cares about student athletes after the final whistle blows.
MEA member Rob Porritt is a man of many hats and even more talents.
Until recently, Porritt simultaneously served as boys’ basketball coach at Haslett High School in Haslett Public Schools and as head football coach at Perry High School in Perry Public Schools.
That’s not all — Porritt also teaches English at Haslett High.
“Not only is Rob Porritt making a difference in one school, he’s doing it twice,” said Jack Ebling, host of WVFN-AM’s “The Drive with Jack Ebling,” who awarded Porritt with a “Building Leaders” award, which recognizes Mid-Michigan school employees who have gone above and beyond to help student athletes and is co-sponsored by MEA and Home Management Company.
A new report shows that many states — including Michigan — are implementing short-sighted programs that divert scarce resources to economic programs that may or may not work, at the expense of critical investments in education that benefit the states’ residents in the long term.
The amount that school employees and parents spend out-of-pocket for school supplies and extracurricular activities has increased much faster than the inflation rate over the past year, according to Huntington Bank’s eighth annual Backpack Index, released Tuesday.
The Battle Creek Board of Education voted last Monday to lay off 20 teachers and solicit bids to privatize its transportation services — and then a week later gave the school district’s superintendent a 3-percent raise.
Progress Michigan’s “Pepé Le Voucher” stands with MEA member Rochelle Noel, a school counselor in Livonia Public Schools, at an event Monday in Ypsilanti to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’ secret “skunk works” voucher group.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Michigan on Monday to participate in several media events with Gov. Rick Snyder to promote the governor’s Education Achievement Authority experiment.