Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:45pm

According to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan ranks 32nd when it comes to a child's overall well-being compared to other states. Michigan dropped one slot in ranking from last year, making it the worst-performing state in the Great Lakes region. 

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:46pm

Michigan isn't the only state looking to establish stricter guidelines for charter school authorizers. A policy brief by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), reports that while 42 states have charter school legislation, only  33 states have authorizing bodies that are responsible for approving and overseeing charters schools. But only 15 of those states have set standards for authorizers.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:47pm

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:40pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.

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. 

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.

Recorded WebEx – What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Certification

NOTE:  You will hear feedback noise for the first 45 seconds of this WebEx – this will clear up and the rest of the WebEx will be clear.

Includes:

  • NEW Teacher Certification Rules and Regulations for the Provisional Certificate, Professional Certificate and the new Advanced Professional Certificate
  • Occupational Certificate, School Counselors, Psychologists, Speech Therapists and Social Workers
  • Renewal and Progression – DPPD, SCECH, Credits
  • Professional Development
  • Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
  • Secure Central Registry (SCR)

Use this link to view the Certification WebEx:

https://mea.webex.com/mea/ldr.php?RCID=3a7da372f4a0da1fcf494a5ea881ffbb

Women's Issues Committee

2.   A Women’s Concerns Committee and a Minority Concerns Committee of sixteen (16) members each shall be appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors for terms of three (3) years, such terms to be arranged in such manner that not more than six (6) terms on each committee shall expire each year.

 

Start Date

Summer Leadership Advisory Committee

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Steve Cook, MEA President

 

2010

Eric Curtiss (2014-BD-Reg 5)

 

2005 

Student Programs Advisory Committee

Start Date

 

 

 

Kelly Stevens (MSU)

Chair

 

State Crisis Assistance Program Committee

Start Date

 

 

2011

Rick Trainor, MEA Secretary-Treasurer

Chair

Statewide Anti-Privatization Committee

Start Date

 

 

2008

Percy Brown (2014- Reg 3)

 

2008

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