Help stop controversial changes to social studies standards

A committee, which included conservative state senator and gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), has forwarded recommendations to the State Board of Education for controversial changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.  Many of these changes remove references to our diverse cultural history that are important for students to learn about, including: References to the Ku…

UPDATE: Legislature approved budget and recessed for summer

Update 6/13: On Tuesday, June 12, the Legislature held its final session day prior to the summer break. The education budget passed, as outlined below – including negative language changes impacting partnership schools and districts. Notably on that front, there was recognition by some that the language and structure of the partnership agreement amendments leaves…

MDE Seeks “Partnership” with 40 More Schools

Two dozen Michigan schools from 21 districts will be newly offered a “Partnership Agreement” with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to improve academic performance over the next few years or face additional consequences.

The “partnership agreement” model of addressing schools with low test scores began one year ago to avoid the controversial move of closing down neighborhood schools. This year’s list includes 16 charter schools.

Art Show Winner Gets ‘Moving’ Shot

MEA-Retired member Lynn Gregg, whose photography entry won this year’s “Best in Show” award at the MEA-MAEA Art Exhibition, says he captured the winning shot while aboard a moving train. Gregg was touring Saint Kitts Island in the Caribbean from an open-air train when he saw a smiling mother holding her baby and waving from…

Build Your Skills and Spirit—Register for Our Biggest Conference of the Year!

Less than one week remains to register for MEA’s biggest conference of the year at early-bird rates. Don’t miss out on the 2018 Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Development Conference. The Feb. 8-9 event at Cobo Center in Detroit will feature training sessions in advocacy, negotiations, communications, member engagement, political action, and professional development. This year’s…