Labor Voices Opinion: Educators rate evaluation ‘ineffective’

April 17, 2019 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association For some time, Michigan educators have been ringing the alarm bell about our broken evaluation system. It’s time for policymakers to listen. A recent survey of nearly 17,000 educators by Launch Michigan — a coalition of education, labor, business and philanthropic organizations — found only…

Labor Voices: New leadership can clear path for education

January 16, 2019 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association As a legislator, Gretchen Whitmer understood both the challenges facing public schools and the solutions needed to fix them. Now, as governor, she now has the power to pursue those solutions. Refreshingly, Whitmer understands that improving our schools and raising student achievement requires input from…

Labor Voices: Gov. Snyder, stand against assaults on democracy

Opinion: Gov. Snyder, stand against assaults on democracy December 19, 2018 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association The Michigan Constitution states, “All political power is inherent in the people.” The people exercised that political power and resoundingly elected Democrats across the state. However, Republicans in the state legislature are quickly moving legislation to circumvent…

Labor Voices: Whitmer education plan earns high marks

June 20, 2018

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

Michigan’s public education system was the envy of the country. We provided our schools with adequate funding and led the nation in student achievement.  Families relocated to Michigan for good jobs and a great public school system. As recently as 20 years ago, Michigan led Great Lakes states in education funding and student proficiency.