Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:48pm

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared that the state will write new state standards after lawmakers pass a bill next year to repeal the Common Core State Standards.

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. 

Posted on 07/14/14 at 11:26am

The week-long series last month by the Detroit Free Press on charter schools has caught the attention of State Superintendent Mike Flanagan and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. The paper's investigative report found issues with charter schools' transparency and oversight.

Posted on 07/14/14 at 10:52am

Changes in teacher certification affecting master’s degrees, professional learning hours, and DPPD certification went into effect June 2014. The changes affect renewing a Provisional certificate or progressing to a Professional certificate. They include:

Posted on 07/07/14 at 3:24pm

Education Week commissioned Gallup to survey K-12 school district superintendents to help track and understand their opinions on important topics and issues facing education like teacher evaluations. 

Winners and losers

Seniors, poor, children pay for huge tax break for business

Gov. Rick Snyder's massive tax plan -- an unprecedented tax shift that hurts seniors, the poor, and children while giving a big break for businesses -- passed the Legislature today despite strong public opposition.

The plan taxes senior pensions, cuts subsidies for the working poor, and eliminates taxes for an estimated 95,000 businesses even as public schools brace for massive state funding cuts.


Republican Senate leader says “no guarantee” legislation will create jobs

LANSING - Today the Michigan State Senate voted to raise taxes on seniors and working families to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break for corporate special interests like insurance companies, oil companies and Wall Street banks. More than a quarter of the Senate Republican caucus voted to reject the measure, forcing a 19-19 tie, which was broken by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

Act now: Help fight health care cost shift, privatization

Big votes expected Today -- we need your help!

Lawmakers are expected to vote today on separate proposals that strip local school districts of big decisions related to health care costs and privatization.

MEA staff and leaders are at the Capitol today to lobby against these bills -- and your legislative contacts are vital to our efforts to derail or modify these bills.

House considers major tenure overhaul

A four-bill package to dismantle teacher tenure would also eliminate significant collective bargaining rights for public employees.

MEA Action Day

RSVP for MEA Action Day

Please plan to travel to Lansing Saturday for MEA Action Day -- a da

House to take up privatization bill TODAY

Call your state rep NOW!

The state House TODAY will take up House Bill 4306 to force school districts to solicit bids to outsource certain support services.

Contact your state representative NOW and ask him/her to vote NO on House bill 4306 – the House is in session beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the vote could be taken any time after that. The bill would require competitive bidding of food, custodial, and transportation services in all public school districts beginning July 1, 2012.

Local school districts should decide what’s best for their students and community.

There are problems with mandatory bidding, according to the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency and the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System. They include:

  • Forced bidding could create additional administrative costs for a district.
  • Privatization increases the amount ALL school districts must pay into the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement Systems.
  • Schools that want to explore outsourcing can already do so. It’s unnecessary to force schools that aren’t interested in firing employees and hiring private contractors to do the work instead.

What’s more, the House Fiscal Agency reports that the bill would have no fiscal impact on the state. It will not fix Michigan’s budget crisis or create jobs .

MEA lobbyists are meeting with lawmakers and working hard to educate them about this bill – your legislative contacts will help! Call now!

House committee to take up new tenure bills

The House Education Committee today announced it will meet this week to take up four bills dealing with teacher tenure, teacher placement, and additional prohibited subjects of bargaining.

GOP-led House OKs deep budget cuts for education

The state House today approved deep cuts for public education, slashing nearly $1 billion from K-12 schools statewide and 15 percent from community college and university budgets.

The House voted 57-53 for House Bill 4325 (see how your representative voted). Under the plan, K-12 districts will receive hundreds less in state aid per pupil for 2011-12 to pay for huge tax breaks for business.

While this vote is very disappointing, the budget battle isn't over. The House and Senate now must reconcile competing funding plans. We continue to work around the clock to try to stop the GOP-controlled Legislature from cutting vital education funding that helps students, but we need your help!

Help stop drastic education funding cuts!

Call your state representative NOW!

The state House on Thursday could move on House Bill 4325, legislation to cut nearly $1 billion from K-12 schools statewide. Also funded in this legislation are community colleges and public universities, which would receive a 15 percent funding cut.

If these cuts go through, many districts will eliminate programs that help students, shutter schools, and lay off thousands of Michigan workers. Many districts will be forced toward financial ruin and be subject to takeover by a state czar wielding tremendous powers, including the ability to throw out contracts.

Vote Today!


Today is Election Day in Michigan. Voters will choose school board members and decide school bond proposals, millages, and more. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 Voting is a simple action that allows you to influence who will decide how budget cuts will affect your students, your school, and your community. Exercise your right to vote – and encourage your family and friends to vote, too.