Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:36pm

This year, MEA awarded a total of 45 scholarships to honor exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall. The recipients were chosen from 905 applicants.

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 1:39pm

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 1:40pm

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.”

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:21am

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:27am

Michigan students aren’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to showing improvement in areas of reading and math, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education advocacy and research organization. The group used 10 years’ worth of data on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) given to fourth, eighth and 12th graders.

MEA names Nancy Knight as new Director of Communications and Public Policy

MEA Headquarters closed

‘Dear Gov. Snyder: Here’s my holiday wish for public education. . .’

What suggestions for improving public education would you offer Gov. Rick Snyder?

Well, MEA members from across the state wrote their ideas in special holiday gift messages that were delivered to him last week. Just some of the ideas teachers and support staff recommended included reducing class sizes, providing enough funding for schools and classroom supplies, and addressing social issues such as poverty and nutrition.

Michigan report shows increase in assistance for hungry students

Key to strengthening education is ending poverty among students. After all, children can’t devote their full attention to their studies if they’re too busy worrying about where their next meal will come from or whether they’ll have basic supplies like winter coats and soap. 

MEA members take action to combat student poverty

Michigan teachers and support staff serving on the frontlines of education are increasingly seeing poverty among school kids as a direct obstacle to improving performances in the classroom. When school kids can’t adequately clothe themselves in winter or fill their bellies so they are prepared to learn, they will struggle to fill in the right answers on standardized tests. 

All across the state MEA members have been involved during this holiday season to make sure poverty doesn’t keep a student from getting a quality education.

MEA members in the Traverse City area are donating hundreds of food and care items to the student-run food bank at Traverse City High School, with the donations earmarked for local students and their families.

“For too many children in our community, learning is a challenge when they don’t have enough to eat in the morning or lack basic personal and school supplies,” said Mary McGee-Cullen, MEA’s UniServ Director. “Local teachers and education support professionals are stepping up to help those most in need this holiday season, because we all have deep roots in our community and we strongly believe in doing our part to make sure everyone in this community can succeed.”

MEA staff and members have been accepting donations for weeks at its Traverse City office, and have received contributions of everything from cereal to soap and shampoo.

Kids are the Key

Senate approves EAA expansion

After being discharged today from committee and taken up under general orders, the Senate voted 20-18 to expand the Education Achievement Authority. HB 4369 now allows persistently low -achieving schools to be operated by another public school or “reform/redesign district” as opposed to a private educational management organization as the EAA currently operates. The bill still allows the EAA to remain in place.

The EAA currently oversees the operation of 15 Detroit schools. While the original House version allowed the EAA to take over an additional 50 persistently low-achieving schools, the Senate’s substitute calls for a moratorium on expanding the EAA’s jurisdiction until January 2015.  After that, there is no cap on the number of schools that can be placed in the EAA and no schools would be functioning under the EAA until the 2015-16 school year.

Defunding Higher Education

The combination of lower state appropriations and higher tuition is forcing Michigan’s colleges and universities to look elsewhere, primarily to corporations, for funding. As a result, middle class families struggle to afford what used to be a widely available option. Defunding Higher Education - Privatization Through Neglect? examines whether this trend is effectively privatizing higher education.

Educators raising their hands on National Day of Action

Parents, students, educators and community leaders across the country are raising their hands and demanding more for America’s children. 

Dec. 9 is the National Day of Action, with the slogan of "Raise Your Hand for our Schools and our Solutions." Communities are demanding that those who know students best devise and implement community-driven solutions to tackle the opportunity gaps in American education.

The day of action is an outgrowth of ongoing collaboration among the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and several key community partners to mobilize support for public education, pushing back against the corporate takeover of our public schools and lifting up the voices of practitioners and communities about what is best for our students.

Together, the groups have developed "The Principles that Unite Us"—a common vision for public education. It stands in sharp contrast to the corporate agenda for public schools, market driven reform that attempts to impose a system of winners and losers. More than 100 community groups and unions have already endorsed the principles.

Paula Maurer-Westbook: Talked into a distinguished career

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