Cook: Why prospective teachers shy away from field

When it comes to teachers, parents want the best and the brightest teachers standing in the front of their child’s classroom.

Historically, Michigan public schools have been among the best in the nation. But outstanding public schools are the result of outstanding public school teachers. The vast majority of those highly skilled teachers are products of the colleges of education here in Michigan.


Cook: Pass Prop 1, fix Michigan’s roads

“Michigan’s road quality is among the worst in the nation,” according to a study done by the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration rated Michigan roads 38th among the 50 states.

In the seven years since that federal study, there has been no significant investment in our roads and bridges.

Care to guess where Michigan roads rank in 2015?

We don’t need a new study to answer that question.


MEA urges postponement in using M-STEP results because of testing problems

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 21, 2015 — In an open letter to Gov. Snyder and state education stakeholders, MEA President Steve Cook is asking that data from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) not be used this year in teacher evaluations, district rankings, or for any other purposes. The letter details numerous problems associated with the test, which is now in its second week of implementation in school districts across the state.