Have you read Gretchen Whitmer’s Education Plan?

Much like Michigan’s roads, the state’s once-proud education system has been neglected over the past eight years as lawmakers pursued the Betsy DeVos agenda despite pleas from school professionals, says Gretchen Whitmer, MEA’s recommended candidate in the governor’s race. That will change if she’s elected, Whitmer pledged at a press conference outlining her education plan—“Get…

Member Spotlight: Sheryl Kennedy

A longtime teacher, now principal of Geisler Middle School in Walled Lake, MEA-Retired member Sheryl Kennedy is among several Michigan educators stepping up to run for political office this year.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Davison which is the district that I’m running for state representative in. When I grew up…

Battles and Strength

Fifth-grade teacher Ryan Oleson could relate when he heard about a student at his Niles school who felt self-conscious about losing his hair from chemotherapy treatments—hair loss that would reveal a surgical scar on the back of his head. So the MEA member let the boy shave his full head of hair in the hallway…

Something from Nothing

Future teachers from MEA college chapters around the state joined forces to help students at a rural elementary school in northwest Michigan turn ordinary bottle caps into a lovely sitting bench for their school campus this spring. Aspiring Educators of MEA led students at Baldwin Elementary School in collecting more than 260 pounds of plastic…