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.

ESP Statewide Conference

This statewide conference is designed to serve the expressed needs of the Educational Support Professional members of the Michigan Education Association. Individual workshop sessions have been structured to meet both the generic and specific needs of the group.

 Click here to download brochure.

A resource for improving School Climate and Discipline

A new document from the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has been published. This document is intended to help local school districts in developing guidelines for consistent and appropriate discipline within the school environment. It is titled “Guiding Principles – A Resource for Improving School Climate and Discipline.” It has been developed to help school districts develop policies for improving student discipline. The main purpose of it is to ensure that student civil rights are not being violated and students are getting the best education possible. These principles are a joint effort to bring together resources to help develop disciplinary policies that will keep students in school rather than suspending them for minor infractions. 

Special Education Administrative Rules

There is currently ongoing public comment regarding the proposed changes to the Michigan Special Education Administrative Rules. The rules are not being significantly changed. The current changes are bringing Michigan more closely aligned to IDEA rules. If you have questions please contact the PDHR department for more information regarding these proposals.

MEA Help Center temporary change of hours

The MEA Help Center will be not be available for live call assistance beginning March 3 through March 16 from 7:00 pm to close (8:00 pm). Members may still leave voicemail and their calls will be returned as quickly as possible.

President Steve Cook in the Detroit News: EAA experiment has failed Michigan kids

As the Legislature considers legislation to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), it should consider the track record of this experiment, designed to improve the academic performance of schools in the city of Detroit.

In just one year, the 15 schools taken over by the authority have lost 25 percent of their students, with a continued downward spiral in enrollment. An independent audit has exposed the finances of the EAA to be in chaos. Not only are the finances in chaos, so too is the learning environment. In just seven months, over 5,000 discipline-related cases have been reported, including drug and weapons possession charges as well as assaults on students and staff. Clearly, these schools do not provide a safe learning environment.

Read full article From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140226/OPINION01/302260005#ixzz2uRRM5EyG

Cat-a-Van reading tour coming to Michigan for Read Across America

The Cat in the Hat is back in Michigan! This year, three schools will be stops on the Cat-a-Van reading tour on March 3 and 4. Again, the Read Across America celebration is a partnership between NEA and Delta Dental of Michigan.

Speak up on CCSS until March 6 with an NEA survey

If you've received an email with the subject line, "Teachers Know Best on Standards and Testing" or "Speak Up on Common Core," you've been chosen by NEA to share your opinions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their implementation. A similar survey done last fall led to NEA's recent statement insisting that CCSS be put back on track with educators playing a key role in any statewide implementation processes related to CCSS.

SMEA Conference


The Student MEA Conference will be held on March 22, 2014 at the MEA Headquarters, East Lansing.

Conference announcement is now available.

MEA Voice Magazine

February 2014 - In this Issue 

  • New Tech puts its own stamp on Common Core
  • Beaverton gets a head start on evaluations per MCEE recommendations
  • The state, feds want an end to unproductive, discriminatory zero tolerance discipline policies

Expansion of Failed EAA a Bad Idea

EAST LANSING, Mich., February 18, 2014--The following statement can be attributed to Steven Cook, President, Michigan Education Association:

“As members of the legislature consider passage of HB 4369, a bill to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), they should consider the track record of this experiment with low performing schools in the city of Detroit.

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