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.

House committee lifts ban on Common Core

The state House passed a resolution Thursday to lift the ban on implementing the Common Core State Standards, allowing the standards to go forward pending final approval from the Senate.

When the Legislature passed the Department of Education budget this summer, it inserted a ban on funding Common Core implementation — despite three years of preparation by teachers and school administrators.

President Steve Cook in the Detroit News: OK-2-SAY hotline would protect Michigan kids

Recent violent attacks in schools — including last week’s shootings outside Sexton High School in Lansing — emphasize the need for a comprehensive system for addressing threats to student safety.

From The Detroit News:

Eaton Rapids football coach goes outside the lines to help kids

Eaton Rapids High School football coach Mike Smith understands that what happens on the playing field is only a very small part of a coach’s job — the true measure of a quality coach is how much he or she cares about student athletes after the final whistle blows.

Despite obstacles, Vance DeCamp won’t stop running

Former Fowlerville Community Schools teacher Vance DeCamp lost his Williamston home in October 2005 after a tornado ripped through his house, tearing the roof off and leaving a wall crumbled upon the same bed where he’d been sleeping just 10 seconds earlier.

Retired teacher sues state over pension tax

A retired teacher from Troy Public Schools has filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan for breaking its promise that school and state employees’ pensions wouldn’t be taxed.

Thomas R. Okrie made the irrevocable decision to retire from Troy Public Schools, effective July 1, 2000, and began collecting his pension through the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.

Federal special education cuts softened, but only for this year

Pontiac School District enters consent agreement with state

The Pontiac School District has avoided an emergency manager after officials in the beleaguered district were able to reach a consent agreement with the Snyder Administration this week, but state officials will still assume an immense amount of power over the district’s employees.

Six Michigan teachers chosen for elite U.S. group to build model lesson plans, help kids and educators succeed

Six Michigan teachers have been tapped to share their cutting-edge lesson plans, methods, observations and other tips with other teachers across the nation.

Late Lansing Everett High athletic director posthumously receives first ‘Building Leaders’ award

Cindy Short

Cindy Short, the late athletic director at Lansing Everett High School, recently received the first “Building Leaders” award, given to her posthumously by WVFN-AM’s “The Drive with Jack Ebling.”

The “Building Leaders” award, recognizing Mid-Michigan school employees who have gone above and beyond to help students and athletes, is co-sponsored by MEA and Home Management Company. The award showcases outstanding educators and coaches whose leadership has inspired students on and off the field. 

The many hats of Perry football coach Rob Porritt

Rob Porritt

MEA member Rob Porritt is a man of many hats and even more talents.

Until recently, Porritt simultaneously served as boys’ basketball coach at Haslett High School in Haslett Public Schools and as head football coach at Perry High School in Perry Public Schools.

That’s not all — Porritt also teaches English at Haslett High.

“Not only is Rob Porritt making a difference in one school, he’s doing it twice,” said Jack Ebling, host of WVFN-AM’s “The Drive with Jack Ebling,” who awarded Porritt with a “Building Leaders” award, which recognizes Mid-Michigan school employees who have gone above and beyond to help student athletes and is co-sponsored by MEA and Home Management Company.