Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:12pm

Grants of up to $2,500 for arts-related equipment or supplies to be used in schools are available through Michigan Youth Arts with assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). "Art Equipment & Supplies Grant" applies to performing arts subjects like instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, creative writing, media arts, special education and more.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:11pm

State Board of Education (SBE) members are looking for someone with experience in education-perhaps a former local superintendent or teacher-to be the next state superintendent of instruction. Their search is expected to be completed by January 2015, well ahead of current Superintendent Mike Flanagan's retirement in July 2015.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:09pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is making Michigan a stop on her Back to School Tour! Location details are still being finalized, but put the date on your calendar.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:17pm

recent EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters showed that 82 percent of them believe that for-profit management companies should be required to publicly explain how they're spending the $1 billion in taxpayer dollars they're getting from the state.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:20pm

NEA's Works4Me is a free weekly newsletter with practical classroom tips written by teachers for teachers. There are tips and best ideas on classroom management, teaching techniques, curriculum, content, and more. When you sign up to receive the newsletter, you'll join other Michigan teachers who have already provided tips and suggestions.  

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:21pm

The California's Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) have appealed the Los Angeles Superior Court's decision to strip state educators of their tenure rights. The action by the teacher unions follows a similar appeal by the State of California and California Gov. Jerry Brown

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Anti-tenure bills would kill collective bargaining, too

A four-bill package pending in the state House to overhaul tenure would actually reach far beyond what some say is the real problem – the time and money it takes to discharge a teacher with tenure.

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. In an ironic turn, the legislation is backed by Republicans, who usually claim to oppose such intrusions on local control by state government.

Under this legislation, it would be possible for a school district to fire an unmarried, pregnant teacher. Or a tenured teacher who happens to be gay. Or an unpopular employee disliked by the principal. Or veteran teachers who can be replaced with cheaper, less experienced alternatives.

Lawmakers agree to deep education budget cuts

Lawmakers in Lansing have finalized budget cuts for K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities, agreeing to more than $1 billion in overall cuts that will lead to mass layoffs and reduced services for students.

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.

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