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.

Order grocery gift cards online to help displaced school employees in Ypsilanti and Willow Run

MEA members are being asked to help colleagues in need who are struggling to feed their families after they lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

The Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts merged on July 1, and about 200 teachers and education support professionals were laid off as a result.

State Board of Education could push forward with Common Core despite legislative ban on funding

The president of the State Board of Education said Wednesday that the board has the authority to implement the Common Core State Standards, but acknowledged that funding the implementation process would be problematic without support from lawmakers.

School consolidation proposal pitched to legislative budget subcommittees

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan presented his hybrid school consolidation plan to the House and Senate Appropriations School Aid and Education Subcommittees this week.

Support for Common Core continues to grow

The Lansing State Journal this week joined the growing chorus of voices urging the Michigan Legislature to stop stalling on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.