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. 

NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hits Grand Rapids to promote reading

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of local students got some Seuss-style reading inspiration when they were paid a special visit by the famous feline, the Cat in the Hat, as part on NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Reading Tour. Designed to get kids excited about reading and sponsored by the National Education Association and Delta Dental of Michigan, NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hit the road on February 24 and will conclude on March 14.

Summer training available for UniServ pre-employment

Are you committed to the cause of public education employees and to the mission of MEA? Are you skilled in membership recruitment and engagement? relational development? problem solving? leadership?

NEA adjusts its support on Common Core until implementation issues resolved

After listening to educators across the country, the National Education Association (NEA) is adjusting its support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) until teachers have had the opportunity to share their expertise and advice on its implementation. As a result, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel is asking states and lawmakers to also make a "course correction" and "follow and implement educator's common sense recommendations to get implementation of CCSS on track."

There's still time to register for the MEA ESP Conference

ESP-coverIf you haven't registered yet for the MEA Statewide ESP Conference on March 14-15, there's still an opportunity to take advantage of sessions like "Fighting Privatization," "Grievance Processing," and "Workplace Bullying." 

Registration is $125 and financial assistance is available.

This year's Conference, "Together Everyone Achieves More. . .TEAM MEA ESP," will be held at the Somerset Inn in Troy, MI. The winner of the 2014 Leon Brunner Award will be presented at the ESP Dinner and Award Ceremony on Friday night. Bill Raabe, NEA's Senior Director of the Center for Great Public Schools will be the keynote speaker at Saturday's lunch.

Many of the sessions have been approved for Michigan ESP Center for Professional Learning credits which can be used toward MEA ESP Certification. 

Last year of MEAP testing shows continued improvement in fourth grade reading scores

Fourth graders improved their reading test scores for the fourth year in a row according to the Michigan Department of Education's release of the Fall 2013 MEAP scores. The scores show the reading levels of students at the end of third grade and are broken down by school districts. 

NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hits Detroit to promote reading

Straight from Who-ville, students at Roosevelt Elementary School in Livonia and Vandenberg Elementary School in Southfield got some Seuss-style reading inspiration when they were paid a special visit by the famous feline, the Cat in the Hat, as part on NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Reading Tour. Designed to get kids excited about reading and sponsored by the National Education Association and Delta Dental of Michigan, NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hit the road on February 24 and will conclude on March 14.

Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition

MEA members entered more than 100 pieces of art for the 2013 MEA/Michigan Art Education Association Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition, with the “Best in Show” award going to Colleen Redfield, an education support professional from Stockbridge.

ESP Statewide Conference

This statewide conference is designed to serve the expressed needs of the Educational Support Professional members of the Michigan Education Association. Individual workshop sessions have been structured to meet both the generic and specific needs of the group.

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A resource for improving School Climate and Discipline

A new document from the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has been published. This document is intended to help local school districts in developing guidelines for consistent and appropriate discipline within the school environment. It is titled “Guiding Principles – A Resource for Improving School Climate and Discipline.” It has been developed to help school districts develop policies for improving student discipline. The main purpose of it is to ensure that student civil rights are not being violated and students are getting the best education possible. These principles are a joint effort to bring together resources to help develop disciplinary policies that will keep students in school rather than suspending them for minor infractions. 

Special Education Administrative Rules

There is currently ongoing public comment regarding the proposed changes to the Michigan Special Education Administrative Rules. The rules are not being significantly changed. The current changes are bringing Michigan more closely aligned to IDEA rules. If you have questions please contact the PDHR department for more information regarding these proposals.

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