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NEA launches Master Teacher contest; application deadline is July 15

High school math teacher Amanda Hathaway helps students understand linear inequalities by applying them to real world situations, and what could be more real world for students than iTunes?

Capitol rally draws school employees, parents and students

MEA members from across the state attended a rally Wednesday in Lansing organized by Save Michigan’s Public Schools.

The chant of “kids come first” rolled across the Capitol lawn in Lansing on Wednesday as school employees, parents, students and policymakers converged for the “Save Michigan’s Public Schools” rally.

Algonac Community Schools privatizes bus drivers’ jobs

Despite widespread opposition from local residents, the Algonac Community Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to privatize its transportation services, eliminating the jobs of about a dozen local bus drivers.

MEA will appeal state ruling that claims school secretaries not protected from outsourcing

Attorneys for MEA and the Reese Professional Support Personnel Association will appeal a recent ruling by a state commission that claims school secretaries are non-instructional employees and thus do not have the right to bargain over decisions to privatize their jobs.

Could teacher ratings be scrapped?

The chairwoman of the state council charged with developing a system for evaluating educators said Friday she’s skeptical of policies that rate teachers in one of four categories.

Snyder signs bill relaxing snow day penalties for current school year

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new law Thursday sparing school districts from losing state funding for missing too many days due to this past winter’s unusually poor weather.

Republican bill would ignore education, experience in salary decisions for future educators

Steve Norton, executive director of Michigan Parents for Schools, testifying Wednesday before the House Education Committee in opposition to House Bill 4625, which would ban school districts from considering teachers’ experience and much of their educational attainment when setting their wages.

It would be illegal to pay future educators based on their experience and education except for few exceptions, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Pete Lund, R-Romeo.

Several opportunities available for educator input on public policy

Reforms to science curriculum standards and teaching preparation are in the works, and the Michigan Department of Education is seeking public input from educators on both.

MEA supports Schor bill closing dangerous loophole in Michigan’s gun law

MEA President Steve Cook (right) addresses media at the state Capitol on March 14 about the MEA’s support for House Bill 4104, which would close a dangerous loophole that allows concealed pistol license holders to openly carry firearms in Michigan schools. With Cook is the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing.

The Michigan Education Association endorsed legislation Thursday that would close a dangerous loophole in Michigan’s gun law that allows a concealed weapons license holder to openly carry a gun in gun-free zones such as schools.

Ferris State accused of unfair labor practices after turning down their own contract offer

The Ferris Faculty Association has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission asserting the university’s Board of Trustees violated state labor law when it recently failed to pass a five-year contract.

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