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State Board of Education could push forward with Common Core despite legislative ban on funding

The president of the State Board of Education said Wednesday that the board has the authority to implement the Common Core State Standards, but acknowledged that funding the implementation process would be problematic without support from lawmakers.

School consolidation proposal pitched to legislative budget subcommittees

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan presented his hybrid school consolidation plan to the House and Senate Appropriations School Aid and Education Subcommittees this week.

Support for Common Core continues to grow

The Lansing State Journal this week joined the growing chorus of voices urging the Michigan Legislature to stop stalling on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

MEA member Maury Koffman elected to NEA Executive Committee

MEA member Maury Koffman, president of the 2,200-member Michigan State University Administrative Professional Association, was elected to NEA’s Executive Committee on Friday.

MEA member Maury Koffman was elected to NEA’s Executive Committee on Friday, giving Michigan educators a prominent voice on NEA’s top governing body.

Troy science teacher publishes report on effectiveness of various studying techniques

Judy Gail Armstrong-Hall

Students have different techniques when it comes to studying for tests, and some are more effective than others. 

Dr. Dalton’s ‘Hot Chocolate Club’ helps ESL students at Lansing school

Dr. Robert Dalton

Robert Dalton starts his day at Lansing’s Everett High School with his “Hot Chocolate Club” at 7 a.m. His students know they can stop by and get some help with a homework assignment, practice their English and check out the latest soccer scores — all with a cup of hot chocolate.

Scam alert: MEA members should beware of fake association con

It has come to our attention that a right wing, anti-union group has been soliciting MEA members in Livingston County, urging them to disaffiliate from the MEA.

CMU professor Paul Hernandez: Every child deserves a chance

Paul Hernandez, associate professor of sociology at Central Michigan University

 

Paul Hernandez began his journey as a gang member on the rough streets of Los Angeles.

At school, he watched administrators and teachers direct their attention to the students who were on a college track and disregard the idea that he might have higher aspirations, too.

Keep up to date with legislative happenings with MEA's bill tracker

The 2013-14 legislative session is well underway, and the Legislature has introduced more than 20 bills affecting teachers, education support staff and students. 

Cat in the Hat makes a ‘purrfect’ Friday for kids at two Michigan schools

Children, teachers and education support professionals at two Michigan schools had plenty to meow about Friday, as Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” made stops at Green Acres Elementary School in Warren and Pattengill Middle School in Lansing as part of NEA’s Read Across America Day.

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