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Want the truth about funding cuts? Ask educators!

Poll: 4 out of 5 educators have witnessed
school funding cuts in past four years
                                                                         

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 15, 2014 — Roughly four out of five Michigan educators have experienced funding cuts at their school in the past four years, according to a member poll released today by the Michigan Education Association.

“If you want to know the truth about what’s really happening with education funding in our state, the people to ask are Michigan’s educators,” said MEA President Steven Cook.  “Cuts to K-12 and higher education aren’t just campaign rhetoric – they are reality experienced every day by MEA members across the state.”

In response to the question, “Thinking about the last four years, have you witnessed funding cuts to your local school district and school?", 78 percent responded that they had witnessed cuts, with 11 percent saying they had not and another 11 percent saying they were unsure. 

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Under GOP, Pure Michigan is in decline

Pure Michigan in pure decline. That is how one prominent writer described the state of our state.

After reading the facts spelled out in a report released by the East Lansing-based nonprofit group Prima Civitas, it would be hard to argue with that assessment. The group, which promotes competitiveness and innovation in government and industry, analyzed several aspects of Michigan’s economy. The report, “Michigan Dream at Risk,” should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers and voters in the fall election.

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MEA statement on August window, MERC rulings

"Despite a relentless campaign by outside forces determined to discredit and destroy the MEA, more than 95 percent of our members stayed. This August, less than 5,000 members left the MEA out of about 110,000 active members. Our members’ message to these groups is that they believe in the MEA and no amount of outside rhetoric is going to dissuade them.

MEA’s new ‘Kids Not CEOs’ video highlights Snyder school cuts – and what they’ve forced kids to do

EAST LANSING, Sept. 2, 2014 —The Michigan Education Association today launched a new Web video that highlights Gov. Rick Snyder’s and the Republican Legislature’s $1.8-billion tax break to corporate special interests – and what those cuts have done to Michigan students.

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Charter schools fail the test of time

Some 20 years ago, Michigan enacted legislation creating charter schools, with the goal of creating unique, innovative educational opportunities for students across the state. In the 20 years since, that goal has been replaced with a different goal: corporate profit.

For years, education experts have been critical of Michigan’s charter school laws, which have led to the creation of an industry generating hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate profits and less than stellar academic results.

Politicians have ignored critics who have pointed out massive failings in both the law charters operate under and the schools themselves — until now. The charter school industry in Michigan is fraught with wasteful spending, conflicts of interest and poor academic performance. . .

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President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Michigan Schools are hurting

After years of crippling budget cuts to public education, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed to a small funding increase in the 2014-15 education budget. This increase, timed to coincide with the governor’s re-election campaign, seems more politically motivated than an act of generosity.

But a long record of deep cuts to public schools will not be erased with a miniscule election-year funding increase.

The foundation allowance increase varies by district from a low of 29 cents a day per student to about a dollar a day at the top end. This is hardly a windfall and doesn’t even keep pace with inflation.

Today, we have 50 school districts in deficit spending and facing financial collapse. A funding increase of a mere 29 cents a day will not change that. And it certainly won’t alleviate the financial strain on all school districts across the state — districts still coping with the $1 billion cut in funding Gov. Rick Snyder handed them in his first year in office.

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After 20 years, what’s going on with charter schools in Michigan?

The June 22 edition of the Detroit Free Press began an extensive special report on charter schools in Michigan. "State of Charter Schools: After 2 Decades, Michigan Has Promises to Keep" is the result of a year-long investigation into what’s been going on since the first charter schools opened 20 years ago. Today, the charters spend almost $1 billion in state money—with little oversight--for the more than 140,000 students enrolled in charter schools.  

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Teachers need protection in the classroom

The violent fight between two students at Detroit’s Pershing High School captured on video a few weeks ago was shocking and terrifying. The termination and ultimate reinstatement of Tiffani Eaton, the teacher who tried to stop that fight, has sparked debate about classroom safety across the state.

President Steven Cook in the Detroit News: Michigan schools aren't moving forward

Michigan schools have been far too slow to adapt to the changing world, Cook writes. (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)

The nonpartisan advocacy group, Education Trust-Midwest recently issued its “State of Michigan education report.” The findings are disturbing.

45 outstanding public school students awarded 2014 MEA Scholarship

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 10, 2014 — The Michigan Education Association today announced the recipients of the 2014 MEA Scholarships honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall.

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