Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook:
“Today the Michigan Legislature continued its assault on collective bargaining rights, passing legislation to prohibit school employees from paying their union dues through payroll deduction. This is a practice that has been used for years and is outlined in local collective bargaining agreements. It is yet another case where lawmakers are restricting the rights of school employees and interfering in local control.
Ahead of the Governor’s State of the State address on Wednesday, Michigan leaders are urging the Governor and Legislature to change direction in order to help our students and workers succeed, protect our families and revitalize our economy.
With the NBA season underway, the Detroit Pistons and the Michigan Education Association will team up to promote good reading habits, offering ticket discounts for Michigan K-12 students who read at least five books this semester.
“Voters will hold lawmakers accountable for assaults on the middle class”
EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9, 2011 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to yesterday’s historic victory in the effort to recall Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc):
“While it was a close, hard-fought race, voters have clearly spoken – they’re fed up with Republican politicians in Lansing attacking public education and the middle class.
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