Meet Michigan's new State Superintendent Brian Whiston

He’s been a legislative aide, an education lobbyist, a university instructor and a local superintendent, but he says he never wanted to be the State Superintendent of Michigan schools. Nevertheless on July 1, Brian Whiston took on that new role at a time when public schools are struggling with tight budgets, the effects of standardized testing, educator evaluations, and relentless criticism.

Democrats have a plan to reverse tax hits to the middle class

Yesterday, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate launched a bold plan to relieve tax burdens on families, seniors and individuals. Blueprint for Michigan’s Families would restore nearly $1 billion in tax credits lost in Gov. Snyder’s 2011 tax shift from the middle class, seniors and working families to the $2 billion in tax breaks for big corporations.

MEA statement in response to MERC decision on resignation window case

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. 


AFT Michigan, MEA share ideas with State Board of Education about returning Michigan schools to greatness

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.