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. 

MEA’s ‘Kids not CEOs’ web ad reaches 10,000 views in just days

Satirical ad highlights very serious education cuts by Republicans

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 5, 2011 — A new web ad from the Michigan Education Association showing rich CEOs ransacking a school has gone viral, logging more than 10,000 views in a matter of days. 

Senate vote ends lifetime lawmaker retiree health care benefits

A 37-1 Senate vote today ended retiree health care for lawmakers not vested in the plan by 2013.

Contact your state Senators now to oppose SB 618-624

There is a good chance that portions of the Senate “education reform” package, SB 618-624 will come up for a vote soon. 

Public schools lose too when online students fail

An investigative report on Colorado virtual schools shows that Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools going to K-12 online students who are no longer participating in the program.

Charter schools spend less on students, the classroom

Charter schools spend more of their budgets on administrative and maintenance costs instead of in the classroom. Robert Burgess, the former president of the Michigan School Business Officers Association, presented the data from the 2009-10 school year which shows 22.5 percent of charter school budgets is spent on administrative costs while public schools spend 11.5 percent on the same costs.

Connecting anti-public school employee sentiment to education reform

The hate being spewed toward public school employees has an impact on the success of education reform in Michigan.

Contact your state Senators now to oppose SB 618

Senate Bill 618, which eliminates the cap on charter schools and allows for the outsourcing of teachers, was reported out of the Senate Education Committee and is now headed to the floor of the full Senate for a vote -- perhaps as early as next week.

Waiving property taxes meant to lure new charter schools

To lure charter schools to Michigan, the Senate is using SB 618 to raise the cap on the number of charter school created.

Teacher assessment necessary for NCLB waiver

Whether or not Michigan receives a waiver on some of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) regulations could come down to whether or not the state has an effective teacher evaluation process in place.

New House bills target unions again

As part of the continued legislative attack on public school employees and their unions, the House introduced a four-bill package (HB 5023-5026) that deals with strikes, picketing, dues deduction and the hiring of scabs. The bills were referred to the House Committee on Oversight, Reform and Ethics.

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