Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:49pm

The Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) special education rule changes did not make it through a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and will have to be reintroduced next year. MDE wanted the rule changes to clarify language and help carry out federal law.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:52pm

How charter management companies spend more than $1 billion dollars in state taxpayer dollars is again the focus of a news article in the Detroit Free Press. "Public money for schools buys private property" uncovers the arrangement National Heritage Academies (NHA) has with its schools. NHA, not the school, owns the school buildings and the contents, even though that's all been purchased with taxpayer money.

Posted on 12/01/14 at 11:59am

The University of Michigan's College of Education received a $1.1 million grant to improve how teachers are trained. U-M will use the money to work with other states to change what's required of new teachers and how they receive mentoring once they're in the classroom. Hopefully, Michigan will be one of those states. 

Posted on 12/04/14 at 12:21pm

In a letter to members of the House of Representatives today, MEA President Steve Cook and AFT-Michigan President David Hecker are urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose HB 5111 if it continues to require retention of third grade students who are not reading at grade level. Both MEA and AFT are instead recommending early intervention with a reading improvement plan that is adequately funded on a long-term basis.

 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:50pm

Too much time and too little money keep most college students from earning a degree in four years according to Complete College America’s report, “4-year degrees now a myth in American higher education.” 

Posted on 12/08/14 at 2:51pm

Don’t be taken in by a message to “coaches, teachers, and other interested parties” from a “Scholarship Selection Committee” offering scholarships to “Michigan High School Seniors.” MEA is not involved with nor endorses this program.

Instruction and Professional Development Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Dick Willobee (2015-RA-Reg 9)

 

2012

Virginia Hines (2015-RA-Reg 13)

 

2013

Rita Vater-Darnton (2016-RA-MEA-Retired)

 

Human Relations Commission

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

Start Date

 

2014

Amber Kasic – interim (2015-RA-Reg 9) 

 

2014

Marti Alvarez - interim (2015-RA-Reg 15)

 

2014

Budget and Finance Committee

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2011 

Rick Trainor (2017)

Chair

2005

Gloria Wagener (2015–Reg 12)

 

2014

Board of Reference

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2001

John Walton (2015 MEA-Retired)

Chair

2010

Ed Fromm (2016-Reg 6)

 

2007

Steve Manor (2017-MEA-Retired)

Art Acquisitions Committee

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2014

Cynthia Smith – (2015-MEA-Retired)

 

2013

Reed Bretz (2017-BD-Reg 9)

 

2007

Lynda Min (2017-BdM-Reg 7)

Local Affiliates Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Troy Hayes (2015-RA-Reg 6)

  Vice Chair

2012

Eric Wood (2015-RA-Reg 10)

 

2013

Brian Byars (2016-RA-Reg 8)

 

Legislation Commission

Note: The Legislation Commission is striving to obtain member input for determining our 2014-2016 legislative priorities. Meetings will be conducted at Region Councils and other appropriate MEA events between September-November of 2014.

Please click here to provide your input on MEA's 2014-16 legislative priorities.

2012

Brian Harding (2015-RA-Reg 10)

 

2012

International Understanding Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Maureen Eke (2015-RA-Reg 12)

 

 

Vacancy (2015-RA-Reg)

 

2013

Nanci Love (2016-RA-Reg 17)

 

Kindergarten-ready program has materials for Spanish-speaking parents

The Build Up MI Kids, Kindergarten Ready program has posters and brochures available for Spanish-speaking families to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. Build Up helps parents and their children, ages three through five, get additional support as they begin and continue to learn the skills needed to start kindergarten.

State Board resolution highlights the need for strong school libraries

The Michigan State Board of Education recently passed a resolution in support of school libraries. The resolution reinforced the idea that strong school libraries staffed by certified school librarians are critical to student success. 

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