Skysquad: ‘We promote understanding’

Several students from Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School recently demonstrated a grasp on how to resolve conflict that many adults could learn from. In fact, the teenagers did teach their elders in October when four representatives from Skysquad—a student-led restorative justice team—presented at an international conference in Detroit attended by professionals from all over the…

A Journey Toward Justice

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor MEA member Amy McLoughlin didn’t like school when she was young. Growing up in rural Ohio, she was “that kid in the back of the room interrupting the flow,” voted class clown, a bright girl disengaged, she says. In high school, she skipped a lot but showed up for…

Lame Duck Day 9 Update – 12/13

Week 3 of Lame Duck wrapped up with little action.  After their late night/early morning session on Wednesday, the State House did not hold session during the day on Thursday.  The Senate was in session, but took no action on any bills MEA has been monitoring, including union recertification, innovative schools or teacher prep.  The…

Statement of MEA President Paula Herbart on passage of “A-F” grading bill

EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the State House’s passage of HB 5526: “Early this morning, the House of Representatives passed another so-called ‘education reform’ bill that does nothing to support struggling schools or increase student achievement.  HB 5526, mandating A-F letter grades for Michigan schools, would abandon…

Empowering the Next Generation

An unsettling experience being trapped on an elevator in the Michigan Capitol morphed into a moment of inspiration for four Ypsilanti high school students touring the Capitol with classmates and their government teacher, a local MEA leader. The Lincoln High School students were part of an all-female group observing the Legislature on Tuesday during the…