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.

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.