MEA lays out priorities for a safe return to in-person learning

EAST LANSING — Following more than 15,000 survey responses from educators and discussions about the needs of both students and school employees, today MEA announced three key priorities the state’s largest education union feels must be fully addressed as we look toward safely returning to school buildings this fall. As our mission indicates, we believe…

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Nearly 2 million education jobs could be lost—unless the U.S. Senate acts

If the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic goes unchecked, the nation stands to lose 1.89 million education jobs over the next three years, according to a new analysis by the National Education Association. Stated another way, we could lose one-fifth of the workforce that powers public schools and higher education institutions. Those cuts…

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Apply now to be appointed to state boards & commissions

There are hundreds of state boards, committees, commissions, councils and task forces that Gov. Whitmer needs to make appointments to – many of which impact the day-to-day lives of Michigan’s children and educators.  If you’re interested in being appointed to one of these state posts, you can apply online at www.michigan.gov/appointments.  Some of the positions…

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MEA supports Senate bill improving police training on race issues and more

UPDATE: The State Senate passed SB 945 unanimously on Thursday, June 4. The bill now heads to the State House for their consideration. A bill to require incoming law enforcement officers to receive training on implicit bias, de-escalation techniques, and mental health screening has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. MEA is supporting this legislation…

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Education community pushes for federal support for education amidst COVID-19

Educators, parents, students, community members participate in ‘virtual rally,’ urging Congress to make Michigan’s students top priority  LANSING — Thousands of Michigan educators, parents, students and community members today called for federal relief for education amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic during a Facebook Live “virtual rally.” The Our Children, Our Future coalition urged Congress to…

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Push for federal funding to address budget shortfall

Friday’s announcement of an over $6 billion pandemic-driven hole in the state budget reinforced the urgency of getting help from Congress to help maintain essential services, like public education. Following relief for big businesses like airlines and cruise operators, it’s time for the federal government to help schools and other state-funded essentials deal with the…

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