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.

Skunk Works gets a Facebook account

Gov. Rick Snyder’s previously top-secret “Skunk Works” group now has a home on Facebook.

In an attempt to give the impression of being more transparent, the so-called “Education Technology Work Group” has launched a Facebook page to collect input from Michigan citizens on education policy, particularly with regard to technology expansion.

Education leaders sound off at Novi policy summit


The Novi Education Association and other local MEA affiliates held a community forum Monday to discuss issues affecting school employees, students and families.

Providing proper support to educators while finding reliable methods of evaluating them was a hot topic of debate at an education summit held Monday in Novi that featured policy leaders from across Michigan

Kalamazoo teacher wins national Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim award

Kalamazoo physics teacher Mike Sincair was recently announced the winner of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.

MEA member Mike Sinclair, a physics teacher at Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center, has won the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.

Former MDP Chair Mark Brewer wins 2013 MEA Distinguished Service Award

Former Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer received the 2013 MEA Distinguished Service Award at Friday’s MEA Representative Assembly in Lansing.

A “proud product of public education,” former Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer received the 2013 MEA Distinguished Service Award at Friday’s MEA Representative Assembly in Lansing.

House Dems’ budget would restore $574 million to Pre-K-12, higher education

Michigan House Democrats have proposed major increases in public education funding.

The Michigan House Democrats’ budget, released this week, proposes to increase pre-K-12 funding by $537 million and higher education funding by $37.5 million, while providing three-quarters of a billion dollars in tax relief for middle-class families.

Judge orders Ferris State board to explain why it voted against its own contract proposal

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., March 21, 2013 — A state administrative law judge has ordered the Ferris State University Board of Trustees to explain why it voted to reject its own contract proposal with the Ferris Faculty Association, which represents employees at the university.

New study tracks bullyings impact into adulthood

In one of the first long-term studies tracking the effects of bullying, Duke University researchers have found that bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts. In addition, bullies who had not been victimized themselves were four times more likely to have antisocial personality disorder.