Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:36pm

This year, MEA awarded a total of 45 scholarships to honor exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall. The recipients were chosen from 905 applicants.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:37pm

If the Legislature provides the funding, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will implement a new plan to help school districts with budget deficits. The plan is part of Gov. Snyder’s budget recommendations. Currently, there are 46 school districts with budget deficits.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:39pm

The Michigan School Safety and Bullying Prevention Summit will be held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on Monday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:40pm

If you’re looking to get involved in a community event that promotes safety and a healthy habit, consider signing up for the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. In Michigan, the event is sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation to make communities more walkable and “bikeable.”

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:21am

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:27am

Michigan students aren’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to showing improvement in areas of reading and math, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education advocacy and research organization. The group used 10 years’ worth of data on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) given to fourth, eighth and 12th graders.

MEA President Steve Cook highlights perils of cyber schools in Detroit News column

The proliferation of corporate cyber schools is having a detrimental effect on Michigan students, and it’s time for taxpayers to take a stand and demand that policymakers stop diverting public dollars to for-profit virtual schools, MEA President Steve Cook wrote in a column published Wednesday in the Detroit News.

Michigan House passes MEA-backed EpiPen legislation

State Senate votes to lift Common Core ban

The state Senate voted Thursday to lift Michigan’s ban on the Common Core State Standards and allow the Michigan Department of Education to move forward in implementing them.

State Board of Education leaders warn current school funding trends threaten state’s future

The president and vice president of the State Board of Education are working to raise the alarm over the broken school funding structure that is threatening our children’s future.

Almost half of Michigan students are from low-income families, study shows

Nearly half of Michigan’s public school students live in low-income households, according to a new report released by the Southern Education Foundation.

Nominations open for MEA Human Rights & Excellence Awards

Only members in ‘good standing’ receive the full range of MEA services and advantages

By Art Przybylowicz, MEA general counsel

Maintaining “member in good standing” status is extremely important to ensure that you are entitled to all rights, privileges and advantages of MEA membership.

Only members in good standing are able to:

MEA conferences and trainings provide members with opportunities to learn, network and engage

​MEA coordinates training in professional development, advocacy, member engagement, leadership, bargaining, communications and political action at its two major conferences: the Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference and the Summer Leadership Conference.

Senate committee passes cyber bullying bill

A bill that would require school districts to adopt policies to combat cyber bullying was recently approved by a state Senate committee and could soon make its way before the full Senate.

Common Core resolution introduced in state Senate

After numerous delays, Common Core could soon be implemented in Michigan.

State Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 on Thursday, which would authorize the state Department of Education to finally move forward with implementing the Common Core State Standards.

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