MDE responding to complaints about school lunch periods being too short

In response to a "flood of complaints" from parents and school districts, the State Department of Education (MDE) is issuing recommendations to address the problem of students not having enough time to eat their lunch.

Leon Brunner Award nominations deadline Feb. 7

Nominations for the Leon A. Brunner Award for ESP are due Feb. 7, 2014. You can download a nomination form at

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 and supporters share what they’re thankful for

With Thanksgiving coming up, MEA asked subscribers to its Facebook page what they’re thankful for this holiday season. Here are a few of their responses:

Portland football coach and math teacher works the angles

There are a lot of similarities between teaching in a classroom and coaching on a field, says Portland High School head football coach John Novara — and he’s in a position to know.

Potterville educator helps navigate community through tragedies

Tragedy has struck Potterville Public Schools teacher Dan Brunk on numerous occasions, but he continues to overcome obstacles and help his students and community.

MEA and AFT-Michigan form formal partnership to advocate for students and education employees

In an effort to protect and strengthen public education in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan have formed a formal partnership, leaders of both unions announced Tuesday.

State legislators considering numerous cuts to school revenues

Numerous niche tax breaks doled out by the state are eroding Michigan’s School Aid Fund, resulting in fewer resources for local schools, and education advocates are united in opposing these tax giveaways.

Despite obstacles, Vance DeCamp won’t stop running

Former Fowlerville Community Schools teacher Vance DeCamp lost his Williamston home in October 2005 after a tornado ripped through his house, tearing the roof off and leaving a wall crumbled upon the same bed where he’d been sleeping just 10 seconds earlier.

Late Lansing Everett High athletic director posthumously receives first ‘Building Leaders’ award

Cindy Short

Cindy Short, the late athletic director at Lansing Everett High School, recently received the first “Building Leaders” award, given to her posthumously by WVFN-AM’s “The Drive with Jack Ebling.”

The “Building Leaders” award, recognizing Mid-Michigan school employees who have gone above and beyond to help students and athletes, is co-sponsored by MEA and Home Management Company. The award showcases outstanding educators and coaches whose leadership has inspired students on and off the field.