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Common Core enjoys strong support from teachers and Michigan voters

The Common Core State Standards have strong support from educators, as more than 75 percent of National Education Association members either support the standards wholeheartedly or with some reservations, according to a new poll released Thursday by the NEA.

Volunteerism from members helps preserve, strengthen public education, Cook says

MEA President Steve Cook urged MEA members to join in their association’s efforts to preserve and strengthen public education in Michigan, and to help ensure that every Michigan child has access to a great public school.

Virtual town hall on panel's educator effectiveness recommendations to be held Aug. 21

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness' recommendations for creating a statewide educator evaluation system will be the topic of a virtual town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from noon-1 p.m. 

State panel issues long-awaited report with teacher evaluation recommendations

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness this week released its long-awaited recommendations to create what it calls a “fair, transparent and feasible” system for evaluating teachers and school administrators.

Legislator’s former teacher doesn’t appreciate her calling him a ‘hog’

Peter F. Siller wrote a letter to state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a former student of his, condemning her for  referring to school employees as “pigs” and “hogs” in a recent floor speech.

When state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons referred to school employees as “pigs” and “hogs” during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 13, she might have expected some backlash — she probably didn’t expect to hear directly from one of her former teachers, however.

Michigan educators save man from oncoming subway train

MEA members Chad Gurzick (left) and Rob Roberts (right) risked their lives to save a stranger who fell on subway tracks in Atlanta last week.

 

Recent events like the Sandy Hook shootings and the Oklahoma tornado have shown that public school employees are committed to making a difference in the lives of others — even if it means putting their own lives at risk.

Negaunee food service employees’ jobs saved as school board opposes private contract

Twenty food service employees at Negaunee Public Schools still have jobs as the school board voted last week against a contract for private food service.

K-12 rally at Capitol scheduled for June 19

The Save Michigan’s Public Schools network will hold a rally at the state Capitol in Lansing on June 19 to raise public awareness of the threats facing public education. MEA members are encouraged to attend.

Failing charter schools still allowed to expand

Thirty-two new charter schools are set to open in Michigan this fall, and a new study shows that chronically low-performing charter operators are being allowed to expand their operations.

Joint House and Senate panels agree on education budgets

Michigan K-12 school districts are set to see a small increase in funding for next year’s budget, but nowhere near enough to make up for the $1 billion in cuts that the Snyder administration previously made to local schools.

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