LSEA coat drive has grown into a year-round community support effort

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When LSEA launched its first coat drive three years ago, they collected 30 coats and a little over $500. Three years later, this winter they have in stock more than 150 coats, 35 pairs of snow pants, about 15 pairs of boots, too many hats and gloves to keep track of, and more than $1,200 in donations to help keep Lansing schoolchildren warm this winter.

It took four years to change the way Michigan teachers are evaluated and enact true education reform for teachers and students

On November 5, 2015, Governor Snyder signed PA 173—the new law that establishes the process for evaluating teachers and administrators. It represents a compromise involving 40 different education stakeholders, and does contain many of the recommendations offered by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness (MCEE), along with the suggestions and ideas of MEA members across the state who participated in pilot evaluation programs.