Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:59pm

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. 

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:57pm

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.

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:56pm

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. 

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:53am

MEA members can now access MEA information and news via a new mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. You can link to the app or go into the iPhone "App Store" or Android's "Google Play" and search for "Michigan Education Association."

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:04am

Amanda Erspamer-Berry, an MEA member and teacher in Marquette's Alternative High School, is one of 15 finalists for a $100,000 grant in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." The grant is challenging educators from across the country to submit innovative proposals that would help students. Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes they receive. Your vote can help make Amanda's vision become a reality for her students.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:08am

NEA President Lily Eskelsen has finished her Back-to-School Tour and talks about "What I Saw, Who I Met and What You Should Know About My Back to School Tour" in her blog at LilysBlackboard.org.  She talks about her visit to Northwestern High School in Flint where students and staff worked hard to move the school off Michigan's Priority Schools list. Read what she learned from members across the country.

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Michigan Schools are hurting

After years of crippling budget cuts to public education, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed to a small funding increase in the 2014-15 education budget. This increase, timed to coincide with the governor’s re-election campaign, seems more politically motivated than an act of generosity.

But a long record of deep cuts to public schools will not be erased with a miniscule election-year funding increase.

The foundation allowance increase varies by district from a low of 29 cents a day per student to about a dollar a day at the top end. This is hardly a windfall and doesn’t even keep pace with inflation.

Today, we have 50 school districts in deficit spending and facing financial collapse. A funding increase of a mere 29 cents a day will not change that. And it certainly won’t alleviate the financial strain on all school districts across the state — districts still coping with the $1 billion cut in funding Gov. Rick Snyder handed them in his first year in office.

Read entire article.

Who is the Mackinac Center?

First launched as a "non-partisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of Michigan residents by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions," the Mackinac Center now uses anti-union, anti-school employee, anti-public  education tactics to push its agenda. 

Take some time for PD reading on Common Core

Education Week Spotlight is a regular collection of articles by its editors on professional development topics. This week, the magazine features the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

After 20 years, what’s going on with charter schools in Michigan?

The June 22 edition of the Detroit Free Press began an extensive special report on charter schools in Michigan. "State of Charter Schools: After 2 Decades, Michigan Has Promises to Keep" is the result of a year-long investigation into what’s been going on since the first charter schools opened 20 years ago. Today, the charters spend almost $1 billion in state money—with little oversight--for the more than 140,000 students enrolled in charter schools.  

Support arts education—become an assessment developer or content reviewer

The Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project (MAEIA) is looking for members this summer to support the development of two arts education projects.

Michigan teacher inducted into National Teacher Hall of Fame

Gary Koppelman

Gary Koppelmann, a long-time Blissfield Community Schools teacher, is one of five teachers inducted into the 2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame. The National Teachers Hall of Fame honors five individuals from more than 7 million great teachers in the United States.

Who’s really looking out for your best interest?

The school year is over and it’s tempting to just put aside the memories of all the attacks on school employees by those with an anti-education agenda. Unfortunately, our enemies aren’t taking a break this summer. Leading the pack is the Mackinac Center that’s making sure you question your commitment to public education and your union.

Education funding levels decided by Legislature; waiting for Gov.’s signature

Funding for all levels of education was decided by the Legislature this week when HB 5314 passed the Senate. Funding levels are set for K-12, community colleges and universities.  The legislation is now on its way to Gov. Snyder for his signature.

What did you learn in school today, Mr. Schauer?

Plenty--according to his opinion editorial, “Day at school highlights need to reverse school cuts,” which appeared in the Macomb Daily. Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, spent the day at Armada High School learning first-hand what it means to be a student and a teacher in a Michigan public school.

48 school districts end the year with a budget deficit

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) identified 48 Michigan school districts and charters operating with a budget deficit. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released the names of those districts in his quarterly report to the Legislature on the financial health of the state’s public schools.

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