Posted on 09/02/14 at 2:21pm

The NEA Foundation has provided funding to educators in three Michigan school districts: Marine City, Mattawan and Muskegon. The $2,000 and $5,000 grants will be used to fund projects teachers and paraprofessionals submitted.

Posted on 09/02/14 at 2:23pm

The Muskegon Area ISD has created free, generic bus safety videos on YouTube designed to keep kids safe and remind drivers about the laws regarding sharing the road with school buses.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:07pm

The U.S. Department of Education is giving states until the 2015-16 school year-a two-year delay-to use student test scores for teacher evaluations. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement after more than a year of NEA and other education groups calling for such action.

Posted on 08/27/14 at 5:02pm

MEA is partnering with NEA to offer a series of 16 new online courses for MEA members. The courses will be offered through the MEA Online Learning Portal so MEA members can earn State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for their coursework.

The NEA Foundation courses were developed to promote association/district collaboration when it comes to local level education reforms. While the courses have appeal for all members, some of the courses are geared to developing local leaders and enhancing the work of other MEA local leadership programs.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:13pm

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will be retiring July 2015, and you can share your thoughts and recommendations on the qualities a new superintendent should have.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 5:04pm

Michigan won a renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2014-15 school year. Without the waiver, schools would have to follow NCLB standards that require 100 percent of students proficient in math and language arts.

House panel considers health insurance cap

A state House committee is considering legislation to cap the amount public employers, including school districts, pay for employee health care.

Facts - Tenure

Backgrounder - Tenure

Teacher tenure is under fire in Lansing, where some lawmakers want to completely dismantle state law to deny educators due process rights in discipline and dismissal proceedings. Proposals vary – from repealing tenure law altogether to changing key aspects of it. However, a Republican-led effort in the state House described as a “teacher quality package” is misleading and overreaching. The package – House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 – would effectively dismantle tenure AND collective bargaining.

Talking points -- Tenure

  • Tenure is a protection for good teachers—not ineffective ones. Due process spelled out by the tenure law makes sure teachers are not dismissed for arbitrary and capricious reasons.
  • The Education Alliance—representing Michigan’s leaders—recommends an educator evaluation planand calls for strong collaboration between unions and administrators.

Additional reading – Tenure

MEA General Counsel Art Przybylowicz submitted written testimony to the House Education Committee on April 26 about House Bill 4241, a bill to repeal tenurel. The testimony includes important information about “just cause,” “arbitrary and capricious,” and tenure proceedings.

 

5 Things to do right now - Tenure

  1. Contact your legislators immediately. Use the talking points and share the facts about tenure. Explain tenure changes that MEA supports – found in Point #2 of our A+ Agenda.
  2. Use this information in your local newsletter, on your Web page, and Facebook.

MEA Action Day draws thousands to Lansing

Responding to ongoing attacks on public education and the middle class, thousands of MEA members traveled to Lansing on Saturday for MEA Action Day.

Thousands of MEA members, supporters rally at the Capitol

Thousands of MEA members and public education supporters attended MEA Action Day in Lansing Saturday.

THANK YOU!

The event was organized with the We Are The People coalition to give Michigan citizens the chance to respond to legislative attacks on public education and the middle class. (We’ll post a slideshow from the rally soon, so check back!)

More events are planned – locally and in Lansing.

Budget deal softens blow to schools, but strings attached

Republicans legislative leaders today announced a budget deal that will soften the financial blow of an earlier decision to cut $470 per pupil.

MEA responds to legislative attacks

Next big Lansing protest is Saturday

Several dozen MEA members, leaders, and staff were at the Capitol today to talk with legislators about votes this week affecting public employee wages and health care.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed House Bill 4152 (to freeze step wage increases when a contract expires) and Senate Bill 7 (to require public employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of their health insurance) and the House Education Committee approved bills to dismantle tenure and collective bargaining laws. Those votes compelled the educators to visit Lansing -- to hold accountable the lawmakers who supported these measures, and to thank those who did not.

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