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.

New report: Slashing education funds for corporate tax breaks hurts states, citizens in long run

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.

School supply and extracurricular costs dramatically outpace inflation

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.

Cook in Detroit News: Blocking Common Core blocks progress

In a column published this week in the Detroit News, MEA President Steve Cook said that some GOP legislators are obstructing progress by blocking the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Battle Creek lays off 20 teachers, solicits bids to privatize busing, gives superintendent pay raise

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.

MEA members successfully push for increased investment in early childhood education

Thanks to the hard-fought efforts of MEA members, the state Legislature on Wednesday voted to increase the state’s investment in early childhood education funding.