Volunteerism from members helps preserve, strengthen public education, Cook says

MEA President Steve Cook urged MEA members to join in their association’s efforts to preserve and strengthen public education in Michigan, and to help ensure that every Michigan child has access to a great public school.

“The next six months will spell the difference in what type of association we’ll be over the next few years,” Cook said during a speech at last week’s MEA Summer Leadership conference at Saginaw Valley State University.

“The challenges that lay before us — privatization, the recently released Ball report on teacher evaluation, schools being dissolved, Common Core in jeopardy and a dozen others — demand that we do whatever we can to welcome and encourage every member in our association to take an active role in their association at the local and state level,” he said.

“The challenges are too great and too many to rely any more on a small handful of the willing to carry the load,” Cook said.

The 150,000 teachers, education support professionals, higher education staff, students and retirees who comprise MEA form a massive and powerful alliance of professionals with one common goal: to provide the best education possible to all Michigan students.

Members looking to volunteer — even just an hour or two a month — should contact their local president or UniServ director.