Posted on 07/14/14 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 11:29am

This Wednesday, July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. (EDT) NEA is hosting a tele-town hall calling for legislation to end the over-testing of students. Dennis Van Roekel, outgoing NEA President, will be the host. Michigan members will be invited to participate and ask questions at the end of call.

Posted on 07/07/14 at 3:21pm

NEA RA delegates voted to begin a campaign ending the "test blame and punish" system that has dominated public education for the past 10 years. The resolution to end "toxic testing" is meant to put the focus of assessments and accountability back on student learning instead of on continuous standardized testing.

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. 

Staff Retirement Plan Board of Directors

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5-year terms as MEA Board members



Percy Brown (2015-MEA Board-Reg 3)


Scholarship Fund Trustees

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Max of 2 consecutive 3-yr terms -- staggered



3 members or staff not on MEA Bd or NEA Bd


Resolutions Committee

MUST BE A DELEGATE (no alternates)


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10 members, staggered/no more than 4 leaving at a time



Jeff Leonhardt (2015-BD-Reg 15)

NEA Resolutions Committee

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Must be delegate – can only serve 6 years



Theresa Dudley (Reg 9)


Minority Affairs Committee

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Robert Gaines (2016-BD-Reg 7  B)



MEA-PAC Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee

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Members by office held



Steven Cook, MEA President


MEA-PAC Governing Board

(Annual Meeting in May- 2 yr. terms)

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Elected Members



Millie Lambert (2014-Reg 5)


MEA-PAC Council

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Theresa Dudley (2014-BdM-Reg 9)



MEA Financial Services Board of Directors

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Keith Swets (Nov. 2015)



Long Range Planning Committee

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Steven Cook (2014)