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A big ‘thank you’ to MEA members from the Pontiac EA

MEA members from across Michigan stepped up to help the students and educators of the Pontiac School District. In response to a critical school supply shortage caused by education funding cuts, MEA coordinated the donation and delivery on Feb. 16 of more than $12,000 in cash and gift cards, as well as thousands of dollars more in school supplies.

StudentsFirst lobbyist testifies in Lansing on same day academic review slams group’s ‘state report card’ on education

An academic review out Wednesday criticizes StudentsFirst for grading state education policies based on ideology and not hard research – the same day former state Rep. Tim Melton, now a lobbyist for the advocacy group, testified before the Michigan House Education Committee and advocated for test-based teacher evaluations.

National contest highlights children’s authors

The National Association of Elementary School Principals is accepting entries for its third annual National Children’s Book Award contest.

Next week: Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference in Detroit

Time is running out to register for the 2013 MEA Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference, which will be held Feb. 7-8 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Click here to download a printable program and registration form.

Draft science standards released for public input

Partners in developing the Next Generation Science Standards recently released a new draft of proposed K-12 science standards and are accepting feedback until Jan. 29.

House adjourns without passing EAA and conversion school bills

The Michigan Legislature adjourned for the year early Friday morning without taking up legislation that would allow the creation of so-called "conversion schools" or a statewide school takeover district.

Student technology showcase in Lansing Nov. 28

Students from across Michigan will gather at the state Capitol on Nov. 28 to showcase how they're using technology in the classroom to enhance learning.

Take action: 'Right to Work' legislation could be introduced next week

So-called "Right to Work" legislation is likely to move through the Legislature as early as next week. Right-wing legislators are hoping that MEA members will be too distracted by the holiday season to notice.

Post-election MEA member survey

MEA members are being asked to participate in a brief, important and confidential survey to better inform your union’s advocacy on your behalf.

MEA makes recommendations to Gov.'s school finance group

MEA has provided the Governor's Oxford Foundation with a list of recommendations for properly funding an effective public education system. Using Gov. Snyder's 2011 Education Message as a starting point, the Oxford Foundation is a work group charged with rewriting the School Aid Act of 1979. In July, Project Director Richard McLellan, called for input from stakeholders in Michigan's public education system.

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