Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:45pm

According to the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan ranks 32nd when it comes to a child's overall well-being compared to other states. Michigan dropped one slot in ranking from last year, making it the worst-performing state in the Great Lakes region. 

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:46pm

Michigan isn't the only state looking to establish stricter guidelines for charter school authorizers. A policy brief by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), reports that while 42 states have charter school legislation, only  33 states have authorizing bodies that are responsible for approving and overseeing charters schools. But only 15 of those states have set standards for authorizers.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 5:47pm

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:40pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.

Posted on 07/21/14 at 11:51pm

The Great Lakes Center annually releases a recommended "summer reading list" for educators. The list evaluates the so-called education reform movement and whether or not those reforms really work.

Posted on 07/15/14 at 11:23am

The Sunday, July 13 edition of the Lansing State Journal covered the issue of teacher evaluations in its "A Greater Lansing Outlook" section. Included is a column by MEA President Steve Cook, "Teachers support bills for fair evaluations," highlighting MEA's involvement in writing HB 5223 and HB 5224. 

Career Preparation Task Force

Start Date

 

 

2008

Jim Brousseau (2014-BD-Reg 3)

Chair

2013

Budget and Finance Committee

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2011

Rick Trainor (2014)

Chair

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Board of Reference

 

Start Date

Always 5 with 5 yr. terms

 

2001

John Walton (2015 MEA-Retired)

Chair

Art Acquisitions Committee

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2013

Vacancy – (2016-BD-Reg ) (Tim Hein resigned)

 

2013

Local Affiliates Commission

Start Date

Six RA elected/staggered terms/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms

 

2012

Troy Hayes (2015-RA-Reg 6)

 

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.

International Understanding Commission

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Six RA elected/staggered terms/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms

 

2012

Maureen Eke (2015-RA-Reg 12)

 

Instruction and Professional Development Commission

Start Date

Six RA elected/staggered terms/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms

 

2012

Dick Willobee (2015-RA-Reg 9)

 

Human Relations Commission

Start Date

Six RA elected/staggered terms/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms

 

2012

Eursla Moore-Doyle (2015-RA-Reg 5) 

 

Walled Lake teacher, MEA member named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Melody Arabo, a third grade teacher at Walled Lake’s Keith Elementary School and a member of the Walled Lake Education Association, was named the 2014-15 Michigan Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan at an afternoon assembly at her school. Arabo, a teacher at Keith for 12 years, was chosen from 238 applicants statewide.

The announcement came as a complete surprise to her. Melody thought Superintendent Flanagan was at her school to celebrate Keith Elementary School’s 50th anniversary this year.

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