Posted on 04/21/14 at 4:43pm

This month, university students looking to teach in Michigan took a new, more rigorous teacher certification test. It was first administered last October and pass rates fell from 82 percent to 26 percent. All education majors have to take the test to become student teachers.

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:30am

We’re moving into the last months of the legislative session before policymakers take a summer break.

Posted on 04/21/14 at 4:46pm

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-11 when teachers and all school employees are recognized for their contributions to public education. Last week, we asked for your suggestions on how best students, parents, the community and the media can show their appreciation for all that you do.

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 1:37pm

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 1:40pm

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.”

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.

Bill would require all school employees to report child abuse to authorities

Education support professionals, coaches and anyone else employed by a school would be required to report suspected child abuse under a bill being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives.

Far too many teachers leaving the profession, new report finds

An increasing number of Michigan teachers are leaving the profession, according to a new report from Bridge Magazine — and they’re doing so in large part due to a lack of professional support and respect.

MEA and AFT-Michigan form formal partnership to advocate for students and education employees

In an effort to protect and strengthen public education in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan have formed a formal partnership, leaders of both unions announced Tuesday.

MEA members can save thousands through exclusive discounts

Think of the items and services a household regularly purchases — groceries, clothing, meals, oil changes, entertainment.  It all adds up over time.

MEA and AFT-Michigan form formal partnership to advocate for students and education employees

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 15, 2013 — In an effort to protect and strengthen public education in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan have formed a formal partnership, leaders of both unions announced Tuesday.

State Senate passes fixes to law that caps districts’ contributions toward employees’ health care premiums

The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills Tuesday that would fix a number of problems with a state law that limits the amount that school districts can pay toward their employees’ health care premiums.

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