Saginaw Valley State University professor honored as 2019 Higher Educator of the Year

David Schneider honored at NEA Representative Assembly for dedication to student retention on campus SAGINAW — David Schneider, a communication professor at Saginaw Valley State University, was honored as the 2019 Higher Educator of the Year at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly this month in Houston. Schneider is a longtime member and leader of…

Visit StrongPublicSchools.org to engage in Election 2020

NEA’s new StrongPublicSchools.org website offers some great tools to help you learn more about the candidates for the 2020 presidential race and get engaged in next year’s election: – Compare Candidates – Especially useful given the number of candidates running, the Compare Candidates tool lets you select from everyone running to learn more about their stances on issues important for…

Leaving a Global Legacy

MEA member Robert Lurie feels a special connection to Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager whose diary became a classic of world literature after she perished in the Holocaust. Lurie’s father was a Jewish American soldier who fought in World War II to liberate Anne and others, and his mother – who just turned 90 –…

Labor Voices: Falling educator pay hurts students

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

For many, education is a calling — but that doesn’t mean a career in education should come with a vow of poverty.

That’s the case for too many educators who are struggling with low and declining pay, according to recently released national figures.

Studies have shown – and logic dictates – that the number one variable in student achievement is the presence of a high quality teacher.

But only 25 percent of educators would recommend a young person enter the profession, according to a statewide survey released by Launch Michigan earlier this year.