Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:48am

Fallout is still being felt two months after the release of the Detroit Free Press' report on the state's charter schools. The investigative report uncovered a general lack of accountability and transparency in how charter schools spend the more than $1 billion in state taxpayer money they receive.

Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:50am

The State Board of Education (SBE) has unanimously approved the Model Code of Student Conduct 2014. (It's at the Michigan Department of Education website. SBE held several hearings before deciding on a revised Code that would ensure students were educated in a "safe and supportive environment that fosters academic success and healthy development." The current Student Conduct Code dates back to July 2001.

Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:51am

If you consider the leadership of your elementary or middle school principal to be outstanding, then consider nominating your principal for the 2014 MEMSPA Outstanding Practicing Principal award.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:05am

While MEA members support the concept of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many are finding it difficult to effectively implement it in their classrooms because of a lack of training or adequate resources. If you’re an MEA/NEA member, there is help.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:10am

Schools across the state will be starting a new school year in less than a month, but there’s been no further legislative action on the adoption of a statewide teacher and administrator evaluation system. And the MEAP will still be used this school year since no new statewide student assessment has been chosen that will measure student growth—a measurement that will impact teacher and administrator evaluations.

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.

Senate runs over school employees with HB 4152 and SB 7

Fight back! Lawmakers need to hear from you!

The Senate today approved historic changes to collective bargaining and public employee compensation, stripping locally elected officials of the right to make important decisions.

Despite intensive lobbying by MEA leaders, staff, and others, the GOP-led Senate passed bills that impede local control and impact all public employees in some way.

The Michigan Senate voted to eliminate step wage increases between contracts and to require employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of health care, issues currently negotiated locally between employers and employees. The bill affecting step increases now goes to the governor for his signature; the health cost bill now goes to the House, where it could be amended.

Urgent! Call your state senator NOW!

Urge them to vote NO on SB 7. Tell them to maintain local control of health premium sharing by employees. Call now at 517-373-2400.

Message - Governor Snyder's Education Plan

Gov. Rick Snyder can provide a wide spectrum of ideas for education but he can’t provide the desperately needed funding to ensure current programs and staff are maintained.

Sample school board resolution - Governor Snyder's Education Plan

We, the members of the ________________ School Board, believe in delivering a quality education for our children. We hire qualified staff and provide the necessary resources for them to do their job.

Talking points - Governor Snyder's Education Plan

  1. Broaden your circle of influence by having your superintendent and school board members draft a resolution condemning the attacks on public education.

Sample letter to the editor - Governor Snyder's education plan

Dear Editor,

Gov. Snyder’s education reform plan is just a distraction from his proposal to slash funding for public schools and use K-12 School Aid Fund money for colleges and universities. How does Gov. Snyder propose reforming education when he is robbing the schools of much-need funding and creating a budget crisis?

Talking points - Governor Snyder's Education Plan

  • Instead of slashing education and mortgaging our children’s future, the governor and the lawmakers should invest in our local schools and not give tax breaks to corporate special interests.  
  • Neither the governor’s plan nor his budget recognizes the sacrifices and reforms already made by school districts and school employees. His offering of $300 million to school districts who adopt his cost-cutting strategies does nothing to help districts already facing financial difficulties.
  • Backgrounder - Governor's Education Plan

    Gov. Snyder’s education address

    In his special education message. Gov. Rick Snyder covered a variety of topics in his plan to “reform” Michigan’s public education system through changes to tenure, teacher training, and financial incentives. He provided little or no details on how his plan would be carried out, but expects “reforms” to happen even as he’s cutting more than $800 million from K-12 and higher education funding and giving tax breaks to business.

    Governor Snyder's Education Plan

    Public vs. private

    House bill would privatize most public services

    Legislation to privatize most government functions, including K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, has been introduced in Lansing.

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