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.

Snyder and Duncan shadowed by Progress Michigan’s ‘Pepe Le Voucher’

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.

MEA President: ‘Michigan kids deserve a world-class education – not a dime store diploma’

The following can be attributed to MEA President Steve Cook in response to the Detroit News’ story, “Education reform group forges voucher-like plan for Michigan”:

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.