Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:44am

According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), there is no provision in state or federal law that allows parents to opt their children out of assessments, like the M-STEP currently being administered in schools, without it counting against their school and district’s participation rates. MDE offered its official position last week in a memo to ISD Superintendents, Local Agency Superintendents, and Public School Academy Directors.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:15am

MEA is partnering with NEA, the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to sponsor the Teaching Leadership Initiative (TLI) program. If you’re an MEA member and ready to take hold of your career and learn to lead in matters of practice and policy—if you’re an MEA member eager to make a difference in your classroom, but not sure where to begin—TLI is for you.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:33am

The two vendors who are currently administering the 2015 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assessments won a three-year contract to continue their work. Data Recognition Corporation, a Minnesota-based company, and North Carolina-based Measurement, Inc. were awarded the contract by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). 

Posted on 03/25/15 at 10:10am

The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, is collecting feedback from Michigan citizens about the Michigan workforce experience through an online surveyThey’re specifically looking for information from educators like you about career navigation.

Posted on 03/25/15 at 1:20pm

The ice has melted and the roads are worse.

Michigan’s deteriorating roads and bridges pose a serious safety threat to drivers. Crater-size potholes are responsible for extensive damage to our automobiles.

Posted on 03/23/15 at 12:01pm

There is a push on for the next two weeks to ensure that reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is done right this time. It's expected that the Senate will take up the ESEA on April 14.

Statement from MEA President on Scott recall victory

“Voters will hold lawmakers accountable for assaults on the middle class”

EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9, 2011 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to yesterday’s historic victory in the effort to recall Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc):

“While it was a close, hard-fought race, voters have clearly spoken – they’re fed up with Republican politicians in Lansing attacking public education and the middle class. 

MEA members recommend school board candidates, other local races

Through their Screening and Recommending Committees, MEA members have compiled a list of school board candidates who will fight for students and school employees, as well as taking positions on millage elections and other local municipal races. Before you go to the polls, check the list of recommended candidates and information on other elections across the state. Be sure to vote!

What MEA-Retired is doing

WHAT MEA-RETIRED IS DOING

Frequently asked questions about MEA-Retired/NEA-Retired

Am I a member? How do I find out?

Call the MEA Membership Department at 1-800-292-1934 and any membership processor will be to verify your membership status. You may also ask for MEA-Retired office to get the information.

What are the benefits of joining MEA-Retired/NEA-Retired?

You may visit the mea.org/mea-retired website to see the full list of benefits of joining. Or you may call MEA-Retired office at 1-800-292-1934 extensions 5539 or 5466.

MEA-Retired, of course!

As an MEA-Retired member you’re part of the 160,000 member Michigan Education Association and NEA-Retired, our national counterpart in the 2.2 million member NEA. That’s powerful representation by the largest association in the state and in the nation concerned exclusively with the interests of education employees and retirees.

MEA/MEA-Retired fights to:

What MEA-Retired does for you

 

Why join MEA-Retired?

House Education Committee takes up SB 618

After much debate, the Senate narrowly passed SB 618 and the same debate seems to be brewing in the House Education Committee as expressed by the Committee Vice Chair Rep. Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center). A former teacher, Hooker is concerned that the bill to lift the cap on charter schools may harm traditional public schools. While he supports the idea of giving parents choices, he said he has no position on the bill right now.

Speak up at MDE hearings on teacher certification

There are still opportunities to make your voice heard at MDE hearings on teacher certification changes. Don't be dissuaded by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan's assurance that teachers won't lose their certification if they don't receive three consecutive evaluation ratings of "effective" or "highly effective." The issue is still not resolved and this is our chance to change the direction of the conversation. MEA has provided a hearing schedule and talking points.

Senate passes SB 137; Dems call it “Republican license to bully”

On a 26-11 vote, the Senate passed SB 137 that requires schools districts to have an anti-bullying policy. The bill sparked heated debate, with Democrats criticizing the bill for the loopholes that allow bullying to still happen. Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) is sponsor of the bill.

As passed, the bill provides no real protection against bullying. It allows bullying comments which stem from religious beliefs; it lists no protections for homosexual or disabled students; and it excludes cyber-bullying.

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) blasted the bill for having holes big enough “to drive a Mack truck through and was “worse than doing nothing.” In passionate support of her “no” vote on the bill, Whitmer called the legislation a “Republican license to bully.”

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