Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:31pm

More Michigan children are living in poverty according to the annualKids Count report by the Michigan League for Public Policy and  funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The number of children in poverty increased by 35 percent with one in four children living in poverty and one in three qualifying for food assistance because their families’ incomes are $23,600 or less a year.

Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:32pm

The U.S. House is expected to pass a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this Friday. Unfortunately, this rewrite does nothing to help students learn or teachers teach. The focus has shifted to more testing, labeling of schools and then punishing them for their “failure,” while doing nothing to close achievement gaps.

Posted on 02/25/15 at 9:21am

If you believe our schools and safer roads are important to the quality of life in Michigan, circle May 5 on your calendar. On that day, voters will be asked to vote on a proposal that would raise over $1 billion to repair Michigan’s dangerous roads and bridges, while raising $300 million in new revenue for Michigan public schools, funded by a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:01pm

MEA members Marcia Hudson and Linda Maniago of Avondale were awarded a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from NEA for their Teacher Lab project. In this latest round, NEA awarded 16 Learning and Leadership Grants. 

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan State University scholars have created a financial health-indicator system for school districts that could be facing financial stress. The proactive system uses research and information from other states to analyze the fiscal health of school districts and is outlined in a white paper, “Knowledgeable Navigation to Avoid the Iceberg.”

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:06pm

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step to getting out is to stop digging.

The hole I am referring to is the $1 billion taxpayers spend each year on Michigan’s experiment with charter schools. A recent report by a pro charter school group ranks Michigan’s charter school accountability law last among similar states. 

Board of Reference

Start Date

 

2001

John Walton (2015 MEA-Retired)

Chair

2010

Ed Fromm (2016-Reg 6)

 

2007

Steve Manor (2017-MEA-Retired)

Art Acquisitions Committee

Start Date

 

 

2014

Cynthia Smith – (2015-MEA-Retired)

 

2013

Reed Bretz (2017-BD-Reg 9)

 

2007

Lynda Min (2017-BdM-Reg 7)

Local Affiliates Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Troy Hayes (2015-RA-Reg 6)

  Vice Chair

2012

Eric Wood (2015-RA-Reg 10)

 

2013

Brian Byars (2016-RA-Reg 8)

 

Legislation Commission

Note: The Legislation Commission is striving to obtain member input for determining our 2014-2016 legislative priorities. Meetings will be conducted at Region Councils and other appropriate MEA events between September-November of 2014.

Please click here to provide your input on MEA's 2014-16 legislative priorities.

2012

Brian Harding (2015-RA-Reg 10)

 

2012

International Understanding Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Maureen Eke (2015-RA-Reg 12)

 

 

Vacancy (2015-RA-Reg)

 

2013

Nanci Love (2016-RA-Reg 17)

 

Kindergarten-ready program has materials for Spanish-speaking parents

The Build Up MI Kids, Kindergarten Ready program has posters and brochures available for Spanish-speaking families to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. Build Up helps parents and their children, ages three through five, get additional support as they begin and continue to learn the skills needed to start kindergarten.

State Board resolution highlights the need for strong school libraries

The Michigan State Board of Education recently passed a resolution in support of school libraries. The resolution reinforced the idea that strong school libraries staffed by certified school librarians are critical to student success. 

CCSS Cadre available to train MEA members

The MEA Common Core Leadership and Advocacy Cadre is prepared to present five training sessions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to Coordinating Councils, individual school staff, school board meetings, or staff on professional development days. All of the trainings are free of charge for MEA members.

MEA Scholarship

Educational Opportunity

Provided by the Members, Staff and Friends of the
Michigan Education Association

The Scholarship

The amount and number of scholarships offered each year shall be determined by the trustees of the MEA Scholarship Fund. Such scholarships may be offered on a renewal basis limited to four times in a five-year period.

Deadline is February 27, 2015 (click here for application).

ESP Statewide Conference

March 13 & 14, 2015

You are invited to participate in the 2015 MEA ESP Statewide Conference to be held March 13-14, 2015 at the Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire

Download conference announcement.

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