Posted on 05/04/15 at 2:52pm

NEA and the National PTA have set aside this week, May 4-8, as Teacher Appreciation Week, to recognize and celebrate the important roles and contributions of educators. NEA, along with Kansas and Indiana state affiliates, and the Dodge City, Kansas local chapter lobbied Congress for a day to recognize educators. The first Teacher Day was celebrated on March 7, 1980. 

Posted on 05/04/15 at 2:53pm

Charter schools in urban areas don’t generate better outcomes than traditional public schools, according to Andrew Maul, assistant professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Maul reviewed the Urban Charter School Study done by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University which states “charter schools in urban environments provide a slightly greater test score advantage than those in non-urban environments."

Posted on 05/04/15 at 2:55pm

Gov. Snyder’s K-12 education plan to restructure Detroit splits the district into two separate ones—one to pay off the $483 million debt, and one to oversee enrollment and other district functions.

Posted on 04/28/15 at 2:53pm

Charter schools in urban areas don’t generate better outcomes than traditional public schools according to Andrew Maul, assistant professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Maul reviewed the Urban Charter School Study  done by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University which states “charter schools in urban environments provide a slightly greater test score advantage than those in non-urban environments.

Posted on 04/27/15 at 4:11pm

Waterford child care workers, custodians, bus drivers, bus driver aides and maintenance employees are being threatened with privatization. You can show support for them at a rally and school board meeting on Thursday, May 7.

Posted on 04/27/15 at 4:12pm

Tuesday, May 5, is Teacher Day/School Family Day when schools and communities pay tribute to the lasting contributions all school employees make to public education. It’s part of a week-long celebration honoring educators.

Some school reform office duties transferred to budget department

With an executive order, Gov. Snyder transferred the School Reform Office’s K-12 education reform and accountability functions to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). Those functions had been under the Department of Education and will now be in a department Snyder controls.

Adrian College associate professor wins Best in Show with photo composite

​“Asleep While the House is on Fire,” a hand-crafted photo composite by Garin Horner, was chosen as Best in Show in the 51st Annual MEA/MAEA Art Exhibition. Horner has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Adrian College for the past seven years.

Two ESP leaders share the 2015 Leon A. Brunner Award

The MEA ESP Caucus recognized two of its own with the prestigious Leon A. Brunner Award at its 2015 conference and banquet at Shanty Creek. Patricia Palmer of Frasier and Wayne Telfor of Meridian shared the honor for their commitment to ESP issues and concerns. Since 1989, the award has been given to an MEA education support professional who has made significant contributions to ESP. 

New Proposal 1 ad targets school children’s safety concerns

The Safe Roads Yes! campaign has launched its second television ad which touches on our concerns as school employees—children’s safety. The ad features a school bus driver worried about how Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges threaten the safety of children traveling to and from school. The ad drives home the point that Proposal 1 will provide the funds to make our roads safe for school bus drivers and all drivers, while at the same time sending more money to the School Aid Fund.

 

State Board will interview six candidates for Flanagan's replacement

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will be retiring on July 1 after 10 years in his position. The State Board of Education released the names of the six candidates they will be interviewing to replace him. Interviews are scheduled for March 10 and 11.

High school graduation rates up; dropout rate down

More Michigan students are graduating from high school on time, according to the state's Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). The 2013-14 high school graduation rate was 78.58 percent, which is an increase of 1.6 percentage points over last year. 

Flanagan: 'Poverty is a tough nut to crack.' Tell MEA how you're doing it!

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told the audience gathered at the Governor's Education and Economic Summit last week that, "Poverty is a tough nut to crack," and challenged them to help underprivileged children learn.

The recent Kids Count report from the Michigan League for Public Policy  revealed that more Michigan children are living in poverty. The number of children in poverty increased by 35 percent with one in four children living in poverty and one in three qualifying for food assistance because their families' incomes are $23,600 or less a year.

The statistics on childhood hunger are equally as disheartening. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 16 million students are victims of childhood hunger.

While he acknowledged that teachers and staff see firsthand every day the impact poverty and hunger has on their students and their ability to learn, he said, "It's our collective job together."

To raise the awareness of poverty and hunger in our schools, Flanagan encouraged the audience to tell their stories. 

Tell us your story of how poverty is impacting your classroom and you on our MEA Facebook page. How are you dealing with it?

2015 MEA ESP Conference – March 13-14

You still have a chance to register for this great event with sessions designed for ESP and the chance to earn credits toward an ESP Certificate. The program includes a keynote and guest speaker and the announcement of the Leon A. Brunner winners. Limited financial help is available if you want to go. Go to www.mea.org/esp-conference to register.

SMEA Conference

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$20 for SMEA members if registered before March 17, 2015.

$25 for SMEA members if registered after March 17, 2015.

Light breakfast and lunch included.

Non-members can get the member rate if they become a SMEA member for $27. 

NEA wants to know how kids are moving mountains

And today is also the start of a nationwide search for students 5 to 18 years of age who excel in STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts and math. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the book, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and NEA will offer a $10,000 STEAM scholarship through its “Kid, You’ll Move Mountains” promotion. Go to www.nea.org/grants to learn more.

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