Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:45pm

According to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan ranks 32nd when it comes to a child's overall well-being compared to other states. Michigan dropped one slot in ranking from last year, making it the worst-performing state in the Great Lakes region. 

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:46pm

Michigan isn't the only state looking to establish stricter guidelines for charter school authorizers. A policy brief by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), reports that while 42 states have charter school legislation, only  33 states have authorizing bodies that are responsible for approving and overseeing charters schools. But only 15 of those states have set standards for authorizers.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:47pm

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:40pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:51pm

The Great Lakes Center annually releases a recommended "summer reading list" for educators. The list evaluates the so-called education reform movement and whether or not those reforms really work.

Posted on 07/15/14 at 11:23am

The Sunday, July 13 edition of the Lansing State Journal covered the issue of teacher evaluations in its "A Greater Lansing Outlook" section. Included is a column by MEA President Steve Cook, "Teachers support bills for fair evaluations," highlighting MEA's involvement in writing HB 5223 and HB 5224. 

Michigan House OKs anti-tenure legislation

The Michigan House today passed legislation that dismantles teacher tenure and prohibits collective bargaining of many subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table.

Despite strong opposition from MEA members statewide, the four-bill package was approved with bipartisan support; the main bill passed 70-37. The bills -- House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 -- now go to the Senate for consideration.

Find out how your representative voted on these bills.

House advances anti-tenure bills—call your state rep NOW!

The GOP-led state House today advanced a four-bill package to overhaul tenure and collective bargaining laws.

The legislation -- House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 -- would, in fact, dismantle tenure AND collective bargaining of most subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table, including placement of employees, evaluation systems, discharge/discipline policies, and more.

June 7 - Coverage of Events

Hundreds participate in Day of Action events statewide

Hundreds of MEA members statewide participated in Day of Action events Tuesday to protest budget cuts and attacks on school employees and the middle class.

Here’s a sampling of the activities:

June 7 - Day of Action Photos

June 7 Day of Action

Tell Lansing: We will not go away

The end of the school year is here and Lansing politicians plan to spend the next few weeks working on legislation that will impact your students and your job.

URGENT UPDATE: Bills attacking tenure, bargaining rights may move TODAY

MEA lobbyists learned late Monday that leadership in the state House may take up a package of bills on Tuesday that dismantles teacher tenure and prohibits all school employees from bargaining about a broad variety of subjects related to their working environments and their students' learning environments.

We need you to act NOW to stop these bills -- contact your state representative and urge them to vote no on House Bills 4625-4628.

Debunking Tenure Myths

  • Tenure protects an individual’s right to due process. It’s a matter of fairness and being “innocent until proven guilty.” The proposed tenure legislation promotes just the opposite: “guilty until proven innocent.”
  • Tenure protects good teachers from the politics of the job.

Tuesday, June 7 – MEA Day of Action – Local Events

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Controversial group tries to take root in Michigan

A group founded by the former chancellor of the public school system in Washington, D.C. is trying to take root here -- and a handful of other states -- by endorsing efforts to gut teacher tenure and collective bargaining.

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