Jennifer Strickland, a ninth grade language arts teacher at Laingsburg High School and her co-applicant have received a $2,000 “Student Achievement Grant” from the NEA Foundation to create a paperless classroom.
Through her “Login to Learning” program, Strickland’s students will be able to submit writing assignments via Google Docs, peer groups will the writings and teachers will evaluate assignments online. The emphasis on technology will allow Strickland and her colleagues to make class assignments more interactive and allow students to take charge of their learning.
MEA President Steve Cook has released a new video providing tax tips for MEA members, as many Michiganders face higher tax bills due to Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP Legislature’s tax increases on the middle class.
“As we’re busy completing our tax forms, you may have noticed something different with your state taxes: They’ve gone up as your take home pay has gone down,” Cook said. “That’s because many of the tax deductions you’ve relied on have either been eliminated or severely reduced.”
Teachers and education support professionals from across the state are speaking out via MEA’s new “Voices from the Front Lines” webpage, offering their thoughts on prominent education policy topics to share with legislators, experts, media and the general public.
Teachers and education support professionals from across the state are speaking out via MEA's new "Voices from the Front Lines" webpage, offering their ideas on how to improve public education for the sake of MEA members, students, families and communities.
MEA and MEA-Retired members can save hundreds of dollars each year on automobile and homeowners’ insurance through MEA Financial Services, a full-service insurance agency that provides policies exclusively for public education employees.
At a time when Lansing politicians are considering numerous “reforms” affecting public education, people need to hear from school employees. After all, Michigan teachers and education support professionals are on the front lines of education, making them the state’s leading experts on education policy.
Pontiac may lose state aid for failing to reduce debt
Even after two rounds of staff layoffs—the most recent on April 13—the Pontiac school district still hasn’t reduced enough of its $24 million deficit to receive its April 20 state aid payment.
The move by the Michigan Department of Education, who is overseeing the progress of the district’s deficit elimination plan, has questions about the district’s progress. Not only does the district stand to lose $1.25 million in state aid this Friday, future aid payments will also be withheld.
Forty teachers were laid off last Friday with only two days notice. Substitutes were hired to cover those classes.
Walter Burt, Pontiac’s interim superintendent, is looking to staff to bear the brunt of the deficit elimination plan since they are the most costly. However, mismanagement of funds by the administration is the reason the district is so deeply in debt.