Posted on 04/21/14 at 4:43pm

This month, university students looking to teach in Michigan took a new, more rigorous teacher certification test. It was first administered last October and pass rates fell from 82 percent to 26 percent. All education majors have to take the test to become student teachers.

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:30am

We’re moving into the last months of the legislative session before policymakers take a summer break.

Posted on 04/21/14 at 4:46pm

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-11 when teachers and all school employees are recognized for their contributions to public education. Last week, we asked for your suggestions on how best students, parents, the community and the media can show their appreciation for all that you do.

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 1:37pm

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 1:40pm

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.”

Top 10 Critical Education Issues for 2014

Education Week blogger, Peter DeWitt, is an education writer and a principal on leave from his position in New York. His articles have appeared in state, national and international education journals. His latest blog post reviews what he believes are the most critical issues facing education in 2014 that need our attention.

Michigan leads the nation in hiring of part-time faculty, administration

Increasing tuition, devastating cuts in state aid to higher education, and an increase in student loan debt are not the only problems facing higher education.

Saginaw gets MDE extension on plan to close schools, lay off staff

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) gave Saginaw schools a reprieve today. The Saginaw City School District had until Feb. 10 to submit a deficit elimination plan that takes care of their $6.5 million debt. The superintendent-in conjunction with the union-- has a new plan, but asked for an extension after the school board delayed taking a vote Saturday.

President Steve Cook in the Detroit News: How to invest Michigan's surplus

Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislators find themselves with an unexpected surplus in the state budget this year.

Contrary to Snyder’s spin, this surplus is not the result of a booming Michigan economy. Michigan still has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, and our recovery is anemic compared to other states.


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140129/OPINION01/301290007#ixzz2roCD4eut

Annual MEA Scholarship Fund Golf Outing

Annual Golf Outing scheduled for June 16!

Register today to play in the fourteenth annual MEA Scholarship Fund Golf Outing. Space fills up quick – register today!

This year’s outing is slated for Monday, June 16, at the Forest Akers Golf Course in Lansing. This event gives players the chance to support an event that provides college scholarships to public school students across Michigan.

Read Across America Day - March 3, 2014

NEA’s Read Across America Day on March 3 is more than just a one-day celebration of reading on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It’s an opportunity to focus on an initiative that promotes reading every day. It is also another opportunity to recognize your efforts in making public schools great for every Michigan child.

Members-Only eDues site now available

Thank you for your patience as we made sure the new eDues site was ready for you to access easily and safely. The site is now available. Again, thank your for your patience and your continued support of MEA.

Final tweaks being made to new Members-Only interface for eDues

System outage extended until Wednesday, Jan. 29

While MEA’s membership system is back online and the automatic payments for January dues were taken on schedule this past Saturday, final changes to the members-only online interface are still being made to ensure our members have a good experience.  MEA technical staff are hard at work to get the new system online so you can access it to make changes and experience the upgraded eDues experience, including more payment options and customized monthly statements.

At this time, we expect the system to be online on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please come back later to log in and see the changes for yourself.  In the meantime, you can download this flyer to learn more about the new eDues system or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page about the changes coming soon.

ESP New Member Tips

Dues done better—You asked, we listened . . . and delivered!

MEA is pleased to announce its new, improved eDues payment process. Based on feedback from its members, MEA has made improvements to the system to provide new features that make it even easier to pay dues in a safe, secure and simple way. It’s eDues done better!

With this new and improved system, MEA members can take advantage of new benefits and features:

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