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.

CCSS Cadre available to train MEA members

The MEA Common Core Leadership and Advocacy Cadre is prepared to present five training sessions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to Coordinating Councils, individual school staff, school board meetings, or staff on professional development days. All of the trainings are free of charge for MEA members.

MEA Scholarship

Educational Opportunity

Provided by the Members, Staff and Friends of the
Michigan Education Association

The Scholarship

The amount and number of scholarships offered each year shall be determined by the trustees of the MEA Scholarship Fund. Such scholarships may be offered on a renewal basis limited to four times in a five-year period.

Deadline is February 27, 2015 (click here for application).

ESP Statewide Conference

This statewide conference is designed to serve the expressed needs of the Educational Support Professional members of the Michigan Education Association. Individual workshop sessions have been structured to meet both the generic and specific needs of the group.

 Click here to download brochure.

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Gov. Snyder’s karma: Elections have consequences

Four years ago, Rick Snyder was elected governor and the Republicans won complete control of the Legislature. One-party control has created clear-cut winners and losers. The winners, large corporations and CEOs, have been given huge tax cuts, while the consequences for the losers — senior citizens, middle-class families, public school students and low income workers — have been devastating.

View candidate recommendations, updates about Election 2014

Log in to MEA’s Members Only Political Action page to get the latest political updates and information on MEA Recommended Candidates for the Nov. 4 election.

Know what the law says about teacher evaluations for the 2014-15 school year

PA 257 (SB 817) amended the School Code to delay the implementation of teacher and school administrator performance evaluation requirements until the 2015-16 school year.

 

Newsletter focuses on the new reality of Michigan's public schools

The Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) has launched InspirED, a newsletter featuring the innovative and inspiring stories happening every day for Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. 

Will Michigan have an evaluation system ready in time for the DOE?

Michigan is one of 16 states that will probably be looking for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards that call for using student test scores in teacher evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering to give states that already have an NCLB waiver even longer to create new assessments. Currently, the state still doesn't have an assessment that measures student growth.

Number of homeless students hits record high

According to a report released last month by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), nearly 1.26 million homeless students in primary and secondary grades across the country were enrolled in the 2012-13 school year. 

Snyder calls members’ front-line stories of school cuts ‘hogwash’

Increased class sizes, fewer staff, dwindling supply budgets, program cuts—every day, you, your students and their parents feel the effects of Gov. Snyder’s $1 billion cut to education in 2011 so corporate special interests could enjoy a $1.8 billion tax cut.

Four out of five of our members report having witnessed the effects of those cuts over the past four years. 

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