Posted on 08/20/14 at 9:48am

Fallout is still being felt two months after the release of the Detroit Free Press' report on the state's charter schools. The investigative report uncovered a general lack of accountability and transparency in how charter schools spend the more than $1 billion in state taxpayer money they receive.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 5:04pm

Michigan won a renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2014-15 school year. Without the waiver, schools would have to follow NCLB standards that require 100 percent of students proficient in math and language arts.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:07pm

The U.S. Department of Education is giving states until the 2015-16 school year-a two-year delay-to use student test scores for teacher evaluations. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement after more than a year of NEA and other education groups calling for such action.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:10pm

Despite claims that charter schools lack financial and academic oversight, 18 new charter schools are opening this fall. With 11 charter schools closing at the end of the last school year, there are now a total of 303 charter schools in the state.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 6:13pm

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will be retiring July 2015, and you can share your thoughts and recommendations on the qualities a new superintendent should have.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 10:10am

Schools across the state will be starting a new school year in less than a month, but there’s been no further legislative action on the adoption of a statewide teacher and administrator evaluation system. And the MEAP will still be used this school year since no new statewide student assessment has been chosen that will measure student growth—a measurement that will impact teacher and administrator evaluations.

Legislative Updates

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Teachers need protection in the classroom

The violent fight between two students at Detroit’s Pershing High School captured on video a few weeks ago was shocking and terrifying. The termination and ultimate reinstatement of Tiffani Eaton, the teacher who tried to stop that fight, has sparked debate about classroom safety across the state.

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

Start Date

Steve Cook, MEA President

 

2010

Eric Curtiss (2014-BD-Reg 5)

 

2005 

Student Programs Advisory Committee

Start Date

 

 

 

Kelly Stevens (MSU)

Chair

 

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