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. 

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.

 

MEA members elect new officers

MEA members attending the association’s Spring Representative Assembly elected a new president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer. Steven B. Cook, a paraprofessional from Lansing, will serve as the next president of the state’s largest school employee union.

Governor proposes sweeping changes for public education; ignores budget crisis

In a much-anticipated special address on education, Gov. Rick Snyder today called for sweeping changes to improve public schools – including merit pay, tenure changes, more charter schools and more online learning – yet failed to provide any direction about how schools will be able to do more without adequate funding.

Current budget proposals for K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities call for hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts from the state – cuts that will directly impact student achievement, which Snyder says must improve or schools and educators will face severe penalties.

MEA President Iris K. Salters said Snyder’s long list of ideas along with major budget cuts “simply doesn’t make sense.” In a press release, Salters described Snyder’s proposal to base school funding on student performance as “counterproductive.”

Related:

Latest news on education funding

What you need to know about tenure proposals

House panel OKs tougher teacher strike penalties

The House Education Committee today passed House Bill 4466, legislation to penalize labor unions that represent striking teachers.

Suggested reading: Credible research on education policy issues

On April 27, Gov. Rick Snyder announced wide-ranging changes for public education, including merit pay, teacher experience and seniority-based layoffs, virtual learning, and charter schools. For credible research on these topics, we offer the following:

New paperless MEA Voice option available

MEA members who wish to receive a paperless MEA Voice magazine can do so beginning with the August 2011 issue.

House panel takes up bill to repeal tenure

School districts that want to fire ineffective teachers usually win tenure cases, a lawyer representing more than 400 districts testified today before the House Education Committee.

The committee is considering House Bill 4241, a bill to repeal the Teacher Tenure Act. The committee will meet again Wednesday at 9 a.m. to take additional testimony on tenure and to consider House Bills 4465 and 4466, legislation to toughen teacher strike penalties.

Governor previews education changes

Previewing a special education address he'll deliver Wednesday in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder Monday cited lackluster student test scores and said he wants to partner with educators and others to help students.

Current bills

Talking points on key legislation

 The following key points are helpful when communicating with colleagues, policymakers, and others. Use these “talking points” to jump start an association meeting, a letter to the editor, or a conversation with community members or a legislator.

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