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NCLB waiver provides Michigan districts with more flexibility

The federal government has relaxed some of Michigan's requirements under the so-called "No Child Left Behind Act," allowing more flexibility in how local school districts spend federal education dollars, the Michigan Department of Education announced this week.

Laingsburg teacher receives $2,000 grant from NEA Foundation for ‘Login to Learning’ program

Jennifer Strickland

Jennifer Strickland, a ninth grade language arts teacher at Laingsburg High School and her co-applicant have received a $2,000 “Student Achievement Grant” from the NEA Foundation to create a paperless classroom.

Through her “Login to Learning” program, Strickland’s students will be able to submit writing assignments via Google Docs, peer groups will the writings and teachers will evaluate assignments online. The emphasis on technology will allow Strickland and her colleagues to make class assignments more interactive and allow students to take charge of their learning.

National ESP of the Year inspires conference attendees

MEA ESP Caucus President Connie Boylan introduces NEA 2012 ESP of the Year Judy Near as the keynote speaker at the 2013 MEA ESP Statewide Conference on Saturday, March 16 in Bay City.

Working in a rural Colorado school district for 22 years, Judy Near was constantly frustrated by her non-union work environment. Employee concerns weren't addressed. Near's colleagues felt voiceless.

MEA launches ‘Voices from the Front Lines’ website to collect policy ideas from school employees

At a time when Lansing politicians are considering numerous “reforms” affecting public education, people need to hear from school employees. After all, Michigan teachers and education support professionals are on the front lines of education, making them the state’s leading experts on education policy.

MEA members to exercise their right to vote in region elections

One of the many exclusive benefits enjoyed only by MEA members is the right to vote for contacts and officers at the local, state and national levels.

Deadline is Friday to register for MEA ESP conference

Friday, Feb. 22 is the deadline to register for the MEA 2013 Statewide ESP Conference. The conference will be held March 15-16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bay City.

MEA Human Rights & Excellence Award nomination due Friday

Friday is the deadline to nominate a fellow school employee for the 2013 MEA Awards for Human Rights & Excellence. Download a Nomination form.

Michigan citizens want more support for educators, survey says

Three-quarters of Michiganders say providing stronger support for educators is "critical" or "important" if the state is to improve student learning.

Letters on school safety

Fewer than 14 years after the Columbine tragedy, the events last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., have once again brought school violence into the national discussion. MEA Voice is seeking letters to the editor from MEA members on the topic of school safety.

President Cook: Politicians' 'shameful' actions will not be forgotten

MEA President Steve Cook said in a media statement Wednesday that Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature's "shameful" actions in passing so-called right-to-work legislation "will not be forgotten."

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