“ There is an added dimension to the MEA’s endorsement because of this organization’s long history as an advocate for public education on issues that go far beyond the wages and benefits of its members…there is no group I would prefer to have in my corner more than the MEA.” – Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Think about the people who decide your salary and health benefits, your retirement, the educational requirements for your profession, the amount of money your school will receive, and the standards your students must meet to graduate.
What do these people have in common?
They’re all politicians—from your local school board all the way to the White House.
MEA is one of the most powerful lobbies in Lansing, with a well-earned reputation as the leading advocate for the rights of Michigan’s public school employees and the development of pro-education public policy.
MEA lobbyists and consultants represent your interests in the state Legislature, State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education.
MEA also helps with political projects in your local community (e.g., school board races, legislative races) and monitors legislation and policies that may impact your retirement. Local and statewide screening committees also make recommendations to help members identify propublic education candidates.
Updated: February 19, 2009 6:47 PM
Did You Know?
Your MEA dues cannot be spent on political candidates. MEA has a separate fund that includes only voluntary contributions from members to support or oppose a political candidate for office—the MEA Political Action Committee (MEA-PAC).