MEA President urges University administration to respect faculty and settle contract BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris Faculty Association (FFA) voted overwhelmingly this evening to go on strike, citing a lack of progress at the bargaining table and unwillingness by the administration to bargain in good faith. The FFA represents approximately 450 full-time faculty at the…
According to court paperwork, the state will appeal a recent ruling that education employees were owed additional interest on the 3 percent of their salary illegally withheld from them from 2010-12. This is the latest delay in justice regarding the 3 percent case, which public education employees won last year at the Supreme Court unanimously…
August 14, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
In 2000, Betsy DeVos suffered a spectacular loss at the polls in her attempt to get private school vouchers funded by state taxpayers. Nearly 70 percent of Michigan voters rejected that year’s DeVos-funded ballot measure, which ended her push for public funding of private and religious schools.
LANSING – Following last week’s Court of Claims ruling that school employees were owed additional interest on 3 percent of earnings illegally withheld from them by the state, leaders of the unions that made the request of the court called on the state to not appeal the case any further.
EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce our recommendation of Rashida Tlaib for election to Congress in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. “Rashida is a proven fighter who will protect our public schools, support our educators, and ensure all our kids have a chance to learn and thrive,” said MEA President Paula…
EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME:
Joint MEA / AFT Michigan News Release
Since 2011, too many lawmakers have sided with Betsy DeVos to push an education agenda that included slashing school funding and attacking our frontline educators. This approach has left Michigan near the bottom of almost every metric, from literacy to college preparedness.
Gretchen Whitmer’s “Get It Done: Better Schools Now for Michigan Students” plan will counter that damaging agenda by working with educators who know best what students need to succeed.
EAST LANSING – Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart today urged the Legislature to pass HB 5707, keeping the current “student growth” as a percentage of educator evaluations at 25 percent. Current law is set to move that benchmark to 40 percent next school year and exacerbate the over-emphasis on standardized tests in Michigan schools.
MEA members support enhanced school safety, oppose allowing more guns in schools
LANSING – The Michigan Education Association (MEA) today released results from a new statewide survey of its members that found an overwhelming majority oppose arming educators. Legislation to allow school personnel to carry guns or keep guns in locked boxes in schools has been proposed by politicians at both the state and national level.
EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the passing of Brian Whiston, Michigan’s state superintendent of public instruction: