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. 

ESP Caucus Executive Board

Connie Boylan

2015-Region 15-President

Andrew Campbell

2015-Region 7-Vice President

Pamela Faunce

2015-Region 3-Secretary

Roy Freeman

2016-Region 5-Director-at-Large

New federal ranking system for colleges, universities could jeopardize funding

A new proposed government rating system for colleges and universities could have an effect on how much in federal grants and loans Michigan schools receive. The rating system would be based on factors such as affordability, how many students graduate, how much debt students accumulate, and how much money students earn after they graduate.

Clintondale High school ranked ‘awesome’ for its innovation

The Huffington Post compiled a list of 12 schools from across the country that are finding innovative ways of delivering education to students.  Calling it “one of 12 awesome schools that could change the way you think about public education,” Michigan’s Clintondale High School provides more than a typical education by turning itself into a flipped classroom school.

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Legislative Updates

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Teachers need protection in the classroom

The violent fight between two students at Detroit’s Pershing High School captured on video a few weeks ago was shocking and terrifying. The termination and ultimate reinstatement of Tiffani Eaton, the teacher who tried to stop that fight, has sparked debate about classroom safety across the state.

Supreme Court will be ruling on MPSERS contribution

Michigan’s Supreme Court will be deciding on whether the changes made to PA 300 in 2012 were legal. The lawsuit challenges changes by the Michigan legislature to pension contribution rates, retiree healthcare contributions, the multiplier “sanction” for those opting out of the higher contribution rates, and the mechanism for refunding the contributions to individuals who opted into retiree healthcare but ultimately failed to qualify for the benefits. 

Certification WebEx recording available at Members Only site

The recording of “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification,” the free WebEx for MEA members, is now available at Members Only. You’ll need to log in to find out how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate under the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.

MEA membership bring NEA benefits too

Membership in MEA entitles you to benefits like online professional development to advance your career, bargaining and legal services to protect your rights, discounts on insurance and every-day items to save you money, and support to improve the educational outcomes of our students. 

Garden City teachers benefit from their commitment, determination

A protracted legal battle ended recently with an administrative law judge from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) ruling that Garden City Public Schools broke the law when it violated the teachers’ contract regarding health insurance coverage. But the real story is the determination and unity of the Garden City EA (GCEA) to make sure their contract was honored and members’ rights were protected.

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