When I talk to school employees across Michigan, I hear this frequent frustration — too many decisions that impact students and educators get made by policymakers without input from the experts working every day on the front lines.
EAST LANSING, Mich., September 16, 2015 – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to today’s decision by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) on the resignation window case:
“MEA strongly disagrees with MERC’s ruling, but expect it to have little impact on our membership. When the written decision is available, we will be reviewing it to determine our next steps, which may include appealing the decision to the courts.
LANSING, Mich., September 8, 2015 – Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook, along with David Hecker, President of the American Federation of Teachers Michigan, made a joint presentation today before the State Board of Education. The two leaders, whose unions represent nearly 175,000 education professionals, were invited by the board to share ideas that will help make Michigan public schools among the best in the nation. Both presidents provided specific recommendations to achieve that goal.
Imagine walking into your child’s elementary school and seeing someone with a pistol strapped to his belt. Not a police officer or school security employee, just a citizen. Parents at Edgerton Elementary in Clio didn’t have to imagine it, they saw it.
EAST LANSING, Mich., August 20, 2015 – MEA President Steven Cook praised today’s announcement by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston of plans to reduce student testing in Michigan public schools.