Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:59pm

The Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) has launched InspirED, a newsletter featuring the innovative and inspiring stories happening every day for Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. 

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:57pm

Michigan is one of 16 states that will probably be looking for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards that call for using student test scores in teacher evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering to give states that already have an NCLB waiver even longer to create new assessments. Currently, the state still doesn't have an assessment that measures student growth.

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:56pm

According to a report released last month by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), nearly 1.26 million homeless students in primary and secondary grades across the country were enrolled in the 2012-13 school year. 

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:53am

MEA members can now access MEA information and news via a new mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. You can link to the app or go into the iPhone "App Store" or Android's "Google Play" and search for "Michigan Education Association."

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:04am

Amanda Erspamer-Berry, an MEA member and teacher in Marquette's Alternative High School, is one of 15 finalists for a $100,000 grant in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." The grant is challenging educators from across the country to submit innovative proposals that would help students. Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes they receive. Your vote can help make Amanda's vision become a reality for her students.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:08am

NEA President Lily Eskelsen has finished her Back-to-School Tour and talks about "What I Saw, Who I Met and What You Should Know About My Back to School Tour" in her blog at LilysBlackboard.org.  She talks about her visit to Northwestern High School in Flint where students and staff worked hard to move the school off Michigan's Priority Schools list. Read what she learned from members across the country.

Legislative Updates

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Teachers need protection in the classroom

The violent fight between two students at Detroit’s Pershing High School captured on video a few weeks ago was shocking and terrifying. The termination and ultimate reinstatement of Tiffani Eaton, the teacher who tried to stop that fight, has sparked debate about classroom safety across the state.

Supreme Court will be ruling on MPSERS contribution

Michigan’s Supreme Court will be deciding on whether the changes made to PA 300 in 2012 were legal. The lawsuit challenges changes by the Michigan legislature to pension contribution rates, retiree healthcare contributions, the multiplier “sanction” for those opting out of the higher contribution rates, and the mechanism for refunding the contributions to individuals who opted into retiree healthcare but ultimately failed to qualify for the benefits. 

Certification WebEx recording available at Members Only site

The recording of “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification,” the free WebEx for MEA members, is now available at Members Only. You’ll need to log in to find out how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate under the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.

MEA membership bring NEA benefits too

Membership in MEA entitles you to benefits like online professional development to advance your career, bargaining and legal services to protect your rights, discounts on insurance and every-day items to save you money, and support to improve the educational outcomes of our students. 

Garden City teachers benefit from their commitment, determination

A protracted legal battle ended recently with an administrative law judge from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) ruling that Garden City Public Schools broke the law when it violated the teachers’ contract regarding health insurance coverage. But the real story is the determination and unity of the Garden City EA (GCEA) to make sure their contract was honored and members’ rights were protected.

Recorded WebEx – What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Certification

NOTE:  You will hear feedback noise for the first 45 seconds of this WebEx – this will clear up and the rest of the WebEx will be clear.

Includes:

  • NEW Teacher Certification Rules and Regulations for the Provisional Certificate, Professional Certificate and the new Advanced Professional Certificate
  • Occupational Certificate, School Counselors, Psychologists, Speech Therapists and Social Workers
  • Renewal and Progression – DPPD, SCECH, Credits
  • Professional Development
  • Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
  • Secure Central Registry (SCR)

Use this link to view the Certification WebEx:

https://mea.webex.com/mea/ldr.php?RCID=3a7da372f4a0da1fcf494a5ea881ffbb

Women's Issues Committee

2.   A Women’s Concerns Committee and a Minority Concerns Committee of sixteen (16) members each shall be appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors for terms of three (3) years, such terms to be arranged in such manner that not more than six (6) terms on each committee shall expire each year.

 

Start Date

Summer Leadership Advisory Committee

Start Date

Steve Cook, MEA President

 

2010

Eric Curtiss (2014-BD-Reg 5)

 

2005 

State Crisis Assistance Program Committee

Start Date

 

 

2011

Rick Trainor, MEA Secretary-Treasurer

Chair

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