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…Details
Educators have more time and additional opportunities to provide feedback to both the state and MEA on controversial proposed changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has extended the deadline for submitting online comments and added new dates for in-person feedback. In addition, MEA wants your thoughts on the proposed standards to help guide a formal position statement the union will be submitting. Visit MEA’s Action Network page to view the standards and share your feedback with us.
Proposed changes pushed by conservative Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have sparked criticism and heightened public interest in the debate over what children should learn about history and human society from kindergarten through high school.Details
Michigan’s Teachers of the Year will gather together in Lansing on July 5 to celebrate their formation of a new statewide organization dedicated to cultivating teacher leadership.Details
Michigan’s newest Teacher of the Year keeps “big rocks” glued to the back of her cell phone.
Not those kind of rocks. The three typed reminders stuck on her phone represent her top priorities as an educator – their metaphorical name taken from the work of author Stephen Covey, known for his best-selling self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.Details
Even though we have collective bargaining and local contracts, we know the struggles faced by our colleagues in Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma and everywhere else in the country where educators are rising up in protest. Stifling standardized tests. Aging textbooks and technology. Shrinking take-home pay for school employees. Lack of respect for our profession. And systematic shortchanging of students and their education.Details
March 21, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
How much does it cost to provide a student with an adequate education?
The short answer: much more than we are currently spending. A report released last month should be a wake-up call for policymakers to fix Michigan’s education funding system. The study by a diverse group of business leaders and education experts pegged the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan at $9,590, an increase of 16 to 26 percent over current funding levels of $7,600 to $8,300 per pupil.Details
MEA is committed to ongoing efforts to stop gun violence in our schools – see below for updates on how you can support the cause.Details
FROM MEA PRESIDENT PAULA HERBART MEA members, Throughout the day, MEA has been monitoring the situation around the shooting at Central Michigan University that locked down that campus and the surrounding K-12 school systems. While the shooter has not been apprehended as of this writing, we know that law enforcement has been helping to ensure…Details
From newspaper editorial pages, to social media hashtags and MEA’s petition drive, our members are raising their voices against calls by President Donald Trump to arm teachers – especially given that such a proposal has already passed the state Senate in Michigan.Details