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Two MEA members receive presidential awards in math, science

Rochester elementary science teacher Brian Peterson and Emily Theriault-Kimmey, an elementary math teacher in Ann Arbor, are recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Member Voice: Why we should support MEA

All four of my grandparents came to Flint on trains and ships to pursue a living wage and a brighter future for their families.

MEA VP urges House to take action to prevent school violence

MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan urged members of the state House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to pass the Student Safety Act, which would provide students with modern methods to anonymously report threats to school safety.

MEA vice president urges House panel to take action to prevent school violence

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 13, 2013 — MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan urged members of the state House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to pass the Student Safety Act, which would provide students with modern methods to anonymously report threats to school safety.

MEA President Steve Cook highlights perils of cyber schools in Detroit News column

The proliferation of corporate cyber schools is having a detrimental effect on Michigan students, and it’s time for taxpayers to take a stand and demand that policymakers stop diverting public dollars to for-profit virtual schools, MEA President Steve Cook wrote in a column published Wednesday in the Detroit News.

Far too many teachers leaving the profession, new report finds

An increasing number of Michigan teachers are leaving the profession, according to a new report from Bridge Magazine — and they’re doing so in large part due to a lack of professional support and respect.

State Senate passes fixes to law that caps districts’ contributions toward employees’ health care premiums

The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills Tuesday that would fix a number of problems with a state law that limits the amount that school districts can pay toward their employees’ health care premiums.

MEA members working closely with GOP senators on fixes to health insurance law

MEA members and their UniServ Directors are working hard at the local level to make much-needed fixes to state health insurance laws affecting school employees, and along the way are demonstrating that local lobbying and advocacy pays off.

Detroit Public Television hosting free afternoon of professional development based on PBS series on African American studies

In partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum and the Michigan Historical Center, Detroit Public Television is hosting a professional development experience for educators on Oct. 24 in Detroit centered around the PBS television series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”

Pontiac School District enters consent agreement with state

The Pontiac School District has avoided an emergency manager after officials in the beleaguered district were able to reach a consent agreement with the Snyder Administration this week, but state officials will still assume an immense amount of power over the district’s employees.

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