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. 

Teacher evaluation, school accreditation may hurt early NCLB waiver request

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE)plans on making the first U.S. Department of Education (DOE) NCLB waiver request deadline of Nov. 14 that would exempt Michigan from meeting a 100 percent proficiency requirement by 2014. The next deadline would be in February.

MDE can’t agree on charter school recommendations for Legislature

The Legislature won’t be getting advice any time soon from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) regarding expanding charter schools and other elements of the so-called education reform package (SB 618-624).

Senate committee passes substitutes to so-called education reform package

After hearing brief testimony from community college representatives on SB 622-623 and SB 709-10—all of which expand dual enrollment—the Senate Education Committee passed a series of amendments to SB 620, 623, 709-10 in the so-called education reform package.

Strong voter support for replacing lost PPT revenue; Snyder says ‘no’

Gov. Snyder said that he has no intention of fully replacing personal property tax (PPT) revenue if the tax is repealed, yet 61 percent of voters oppose an outright appeal of the PPT. The PPT generates approximately $1.27 billion statewide for schools and local governments.

Kids Not CEOs clears 35k hits -- share your story today!

 

Since the launch of www.KidsNotCEOs.com, more than 35,000 people have viewed the satirical web video on YouTube!  Please, keep sharing it with your friends who may not have seen it yet.

More important than just the video, however, are the stories being shared on the site.  Parents and school employees have been visiting and telling their stories about the devastating effects of education cuts on their schools and communities.  Here are just a few of their stories:

“I’ve been a teacher for 16 years. I have never been so frustrated and frightened for my future, not to mention the future of our children in the state of Michigan…The government, both on a state and national level, talks about how we need to compete with the rest of the world, yet instead of investing more in education our country and our state continue to chip away at education.” - Matthias Krenzer, Teacher, Sterling Heights

Do you know where your MEA membership card is?

Your card provides discounts on everything from oil changes to vacations, so be sure to use it. The card includes your unique MEA membership number.

First NEA bullying brief provides tips for bus drivers

"Bus Drivers and Bullying Prevention" is the first in a series of briefs based on the findings from NEA's "2010 Nationwide Study of Bullying: Teachers and ESP Perspective."

NEA Foundation Grants available

The NEA Foundation has introduced a web-based application process for grants to support public school educator's ideas to improve teaching and learning.

MEA, Red Wings team up for discount offer

As an MEA member, you can take advantage of special ticket savings throughout the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings season. MEA and the Detroit Red Wings/Olympia Entertainment are offering discounts not available to the general public.

No surprise--Public Acts 54, 152 changed the bargaining climate

Labor law experts at a Mackinac Center luncheon called PA 152 (formerly SB 7) “a huge wave change” because it forced unions to get to the bargaining table faster. That law mandates either a hard cap or a 20 percent insurance premium share for employees.  The effects of PA 54 (formerly HB 4152) were also discussed – that law banned salary step increases and health premium increases once a contract expires, if no new agreement is in place, and also banned retroactive bargaining.

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