Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:31pm

More Michigan children are living in poverty according to the annualKids Count report by the Michigan League for Public Policy and  funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The number of children in poverty increased by 35 percent with one in four children living in poverty and one in three qualifying for food assistance because their families’ incomes are $23,600 or less a year.

Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:32pm

The U.S. House is expected to pass a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this Friday. Unfortunately, this rewrite does nothing to help students learn or teachers teach. The focus has shifted to more testing, labeling of schools and then punishing them for their “failure,” while doing nothing to close achievement gaps.

Posted on 02/25/15 at 9:21am

If you believe our schools and safer roads are important to the quality of life in Michigan, circle May 5 on your calendar. On that day, voters will be asked to vote on a proposal that would raise over $1 billion to repair Michigan’s dangerous roads and bridges, while raising $300 million in new revenue for Michigan public schools, funded by a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:01pm

MEA members Marcia Hudson and Linda Maniago of Avondale were awarded a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from NEA for their Teacher Lab project. In this latest round, NEA awarded 16 Learning and Leadership Grants. 

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan State University scholars have created a financial health-indicator system for school districts that could be facing financial stress. The proactive system uses research and information from other states to analyze the fiscal health of school districts and is outlined in a white paper, “Knowledgeable Navigation to Avoid the Iceberg.”

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:06pm

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step to getting out is to stop digging.

The hole I am referring to is the $1 billion taxpayers spend each year on Michigan’s experiment with charter schools. A recent report by a pro charter school group ranks Michigan’s charter school accountability law last among similar states. 

Leadership Development Advisory Committee

Start Date

 

 

2007

Nikki Klonaris (2016-BdM-Reg 3)

Co-Chair

2008

Jim Brousseau (2017-BdM-Reg 3)

Co-Chair

2013

Scholarship Fund Trustees

Start Date

 

1995

Mary Christian (2016-MEA-Retired) non bd

Chair

1996

Linda Carter (2017-BD-Reg 3)

Vice Chair

2003

Resolutions Committee

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MEA RA Delegate Term(s)

 

2012

09/01/2012 -
06/30/2015

Jeff Leonhardt (2015-BD-Reg 15)

 

2014

NEA Resolutions Committee

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2011

Theresa Dudley (Reg 9)

 

2014

Alfonso Salais, Jr. (Reg 8)

 

2013

Jeff Leonhardt (Reg 15)

 

3-1(g) Minority Affairs Committee

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2010

Robert Gaines (2016-BD-Reg 7  B)

 

2011

Karen Abella (2015 BD-Reg 6  H)

Vice Chair

2014

MEA-PAC Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee

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2011

Steven Cook, (2017-MEA President/MEA-PAC) chair or designee

Chair

2014

Jon Fielbrandt (2017-MEA-PAC) vice chair

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.

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2008

Summer Leadership Advisory Committee

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Steve Cook, MEA President

 

2010

Eric Curtiss (2016-BD-Reg 5)

 

2005 

Marcia Mackey (2015-BdM-Reg 12)

 

2013

Ed Sprague (2015-BD-Reg 11)

 

Student Programs Advisory Committee

The SMEA Advisory Committee meets once a month.  All SMEA members are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to rernst@mea.org if you plan to attend one of the following meetings:

October 25, 2014

November 22, 2014 (at Central Michigan University)

December 20, 2014

January 24, 2014

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More school buses fail annual safety inspection

Lack of adequate education funding has not only impacted class size, staffing and programs, it has also hit school transportation budgets. The result is more Michigan school buses flunking the latest round of state safety inspections.

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