Sign up for Staples Discounts — and win a “Classroom Refresh”!

Have you signed up yet for MEA’s new discount program with Staples? Don’t wait—MEA member educators who sign up by June 30 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a classroom makeover. The “Classroom Refresh” winners will receive approximately $250 in 3M products for their classrooms. There is no purchase necessary; just sign up…

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Stark Choices: A Reflection on the Teach-in for Freedom

Editor’s Note: MEA member Rick Joseph, Michigan’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year, recently joined with dozens of educators from across the country to call attention to the U.S. government’s prolonged confinement of immigrant children in crowded detention facilities. MEA helped to sponsor Joseph’s participation in the event. Here he reflects on the event’s meaning and importance.…

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MDE News: Computer Science Standards, Superintendent Search

Computer Science  The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is seeking public comment, both online and in-person, on proposed K-12 Computer Science (CS) academic standards for Michigan students. Those who are interested in providing input on Michigan’s proposed new, first-ever CS Standards can view the proposed standards and take an online public comment survey They also…

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New Innovative Educator Corps Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 16 for the Innovative Educator Corps, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced. The Innovative Educator Corps (IEC), authorized under the Marshall Plan for Talent (PA 227 of 2018), is a new recognition program for Michigan teachers who employ an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help…

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State to appeal ruling granting additional interest from 3% case

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…

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