Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:45pm

Three out of 10 K-12 students failed all of their online courses last year and more than 50 percent failed at least one of their virtual classes, according to Michigan Virtual University (MVU). In the 2013-14 school year, 76,122 students took online classes. 

Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:56pm

With national opposition to the overuse of standardized testing increasing, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium is cutting 90 minutes off its 11-hour-long assessment. It has also decided to start the testing period later in the school year. PARCC’s tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:02pm

If you’re a local president looking for guidance and support, there’s still time to get the training you and your local need through the 2015-16 Local Presidents Academy (LPA). The deadline has been extended to June 15 and all local presidents—new, experienced, EA, ESP, higher ed, with or without release time—can benefit from the program at little or no cost to participants or to the local.

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:04pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting the last in a series of webinars featuring models of Personalized Learning on May 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. Nicholas Provenzono, a Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and MEA member, will be presenting “Creating a Genius in Every Hour.”

Posted on 05/18/15 at 12:10pm

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

15 Reward schools recognized by MDE

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recognized 15 high-performing Reward schools at the 2015 AdvanceED Michigan/MDE Spring School Improvement Conference where they also presented their best practices. Reward schools are in the top 5 percent of schools on MDE’s annual Top-to-Bottom ranking.

Whiston chosen as new State Superintendent

The State Board of Education has picked Brian Whiston, Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent, to replace current State Superintendent Mike Flanagan who retires at the end of June.

Before becoming Dearborn’s superintendent, Whiston spent 11 years as a lobbyist for Oakland Schools. He was also a school board member for Waterford Schools and taught at Wayne State University.

During his interview, Whiston expressed concern that teachers are being targeted and that needs to change. “We do need to celebrate the great things our teachers are doing. We have to celebrate the career, the field of education.”

Whiston said his first priorities will involve proposing a plan to improve student achievement and a plan to change how schools are funded.

Whiston was selected over Vicki Markavitch, Oakland Schools Superintendent, and Scott Menzel, Washtenaw Intermediate School Superintendent, for the position.

New ad for Proposal 1 emphasizes road dangers

The Safe Roads Yes! campaign has released its third ad in support of Proposal 1. The ad continues the theme that Michigan roads are hazardous with a first-hand account of what happened when a piece of road went flying through a driver’s windshield. Take a look at the ad to see the latest reason why Proposal 1 deserves a “yes” vote on May 5.

Flanagan predicts some schools will be out of deficit by school year's end

In his quarterly report to the Legislature on deficit schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced the possibility that 19 out of the 56 school districts in deficit may be out of the red by the end of June. 

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. 

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