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NEA wins delay on use of student test scores in teacher evaluations

The U.S. Department of Education is giving states until the 2015-16 school year-a two-year delay-to use student test scores for teacher evaluations. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement after more than a year of NEA and other education groups calling for such action.

Nominate your elementary, middle school principal for leadership award

If you consider the leadership of your elementary or middle school principal to be outstanding, then consider nominating your principal for the 2014 MEMSPA Outstanding Practicing Principal award.

Schools get money to try out a year-round calendar

Seven schools will benefit from a $2 million pilot program established in the new state education budget that helps them switch to an alternative school calendar. The State Board of Education is expected to approve five schools and two more schools will receive money through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to offset costs. All seven schools are moving to a year-round calendar.

Speakers tell MDE what new student assessments should look like

Last week during a public hearing, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) heard a variety of opinions on what the state should do next when it comes to statewide student assessments. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told the crowded room that fairness-both for students taking the test and for teachers whose evaluations will be based on student scores-is key.

NEA Tele- town hall this week on 'toxic testing'

This Wednesday, July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. (EDT) NEA is hosting a tele-town hall calling for legislation to end the over-testing of students. Dennis Van Roekel, outgoing NEA President, will be the host. Michigan members will be invited to participate and ask questions at the end of call.

Don't miss out on July 11 early registration for Summer Leadership

There's not much time left to take advantage of the reduced registration fee for MEA's 2014 Summer Leadership Conference, "When Leaders Lead, Members Thrive." If you register by July 11, informative and hands-on sessions, networking opportunities, and the chance to earn SCECHs are yours for a bargain price!

Who’s really looking out for your best interest?

The school year is over and it’s tempting to just put aside the memories of all the attacks on school employees by those with an anti-education agenda. Unfortunately, our enemies aren’t taking a break this summer. Leading the pack is the Mackinac Center that’s making sure you question your commitment to public education and your union.

48 school districts end the year with a budget deficit

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) identified 48 Michigan school districts and charters operating with a budget deficit. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released the names of those districts in his quarterly report to the Legislature on the financial health of the state’s public schools.

Supreme Court will be ruling on MPSERS contribution

Michigan’s Supreme Court will be deciding on whether the changes made to PA 300 in 2012 were legal. The lawsuit challenges changes by the Michigan legislature to pension contribution rates, retiree healthcare contributions, the multiplier “sanction” for those opting out of the higher contribution rates, and the mechanism for refunding the contributions to individuals who opted into retiree healthcare but ultimately failed to qualify for the benefits. 

MEA President Steve Cook: ‘We’ve taken a large step backward in school funding.’

The State Board of Education (SBE) today heard MEA President Steve Cook tell them that Michigan is no longer a national leader when it comes to education systems because of its failure to adequately fund public education.

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