EDEX 2.0—You’re invited to apply

For 20 years, through their Education Excellence Awards, the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and SET SEG Foundation has been recognizing programs in Michigan’s local and intermediate public school districts that positively reflect the innovative spirit in today’s schools and measurably improve student achievement.

How to take charge of change

MEA members are encouraged to attend MEA’s 2014 Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Issues Conference, which will be held Feb. 6-7 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

School employees mourn slain colleagues

​MEA members are mourning the loss of two colleagues who were murdered in separate tragedies last week.

Almost half of Michigan students are from low-income families, study shows

Nearly half of Michigan’s public school students live in low-income households, according to a new report released by the Southern Education Foundation.

Bill would require all school employees to report child abuse to authorities

Education support professionals, coaches and anyone else employed by a school would be required to report suspected child abuse under a bill being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives.

MEA backs legislation requiring schools to carry life-saving ‘EpiPens’

MEA supports legislation introduced in the state House that would require all Michigan schools to have epinephrine devices, also known as “EpiPens,” on hand to provide emergency treatment to students with allergies.

Grand Ledge teacher and football coach helps students honor fallen Michigan soldiers

As a social studies and history teacher in Grand Ledge Public Schools, Matt Bird understands the importance of honoring the sacrifices of those who put their lives on the line for our country.

Retired teachers help install solar panels at high school to help save money, educate students on solar energy

Two retired teachers are putting their own time and money into helping their local high school generate part of its power from newly installed solar panels.

Eaton Rapids football coach goes outside the lines to help kids

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.

The many hats of Perry football coach Rob Porritt

Rob Porritt

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.