LANSING, Mich., Jan. 29, 2016 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding the DFT/AFT lawsuit challenging conditions in Detroit Public Schools:
“Just as we’ve seen in Flint, the conditions in Detroit Public Schools are appalling. No one can argue that point. The issue is whether we’re willing to tolerate Third-World conditions in our urban centers. The question is if we’re going to stand up for democracy.
When determining how to address issues like student testing or teacher evaluation, the Michigan Education Association believes asking the experts on the front lines for their insight is the right approach for policymakers.