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. 

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.

Amended version of SB 618 passes Senate; other pieces of education reform package moving

The full Senate passed a version of SB 618 by a 20-18 vote this afternoon that removed the cap on charter schools. 

'Right to Work FOR LESS' introduced; only MEA affected

A “Right to Work FOR LESS” bill was introduced in the Senate today—but the proposed legislation only applies school employees represented by unions of more than 50,000 members. In practice, this applies only to MEA.

So-called “Right to Work” is wrong for Michigan

Statement from MEA President Steven Cook on introduction of Senate Bill 729

The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to today’s introduction of a bill that would apply so-called “Right to Work” laws only to school employees represented by the Michigan Education Association:

“So-called ‘Right to Work’ efforts – whether they apply only to school employees or to all workers in this state – are the wrong approach to helping Michigan’s economy. This is an incredibly divisive issue that will do nothing to create jobs or help students.

MEA-Retired Board of Directors

2013

Harvey Miller

President

2013

Judy Foster

Vice President

2013

Dan Rudd

MEA’s ‘Kids not CEOs’ web ad reaches 10,000 views in just days

Satirical ad highlights very serious education cuts by Republicans

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 5, 2011 — A new web ad from the Michigan Education Association showing rich CEOs ransacking a school has gone viral, logging more than 10,000 views in a matter of days. 

Senate vote ends lifetime lawmaker retiree health care benefits

A 37-1 Senate vote today ended retiree health care for lawmakers not vested in the plan by 2013.

Contact your state Senators now to oppose SB 618-624

There is a good chance that portions of the Senate “education reform” package, SB 618-624 will come up for a vote soon. 

Public schools lose too when online students fail

An investigative report on Colorado virtual schools shows that Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools going to K-12 online students who are no longer participating in the program.

Charter schools spend less on students, the classroom

Charter schools spend more of their budgets on administrative and maintenance costs instead of in the classroom. Robert Burgess, the former president of the Michigan School Business Officers Association, presented the data from the 2009-10 school year which shows 22.5 percent of charter school budgets is spent on administrative costs while public schools spend 11.5 percent on the same costs.

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